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Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England

Henderson, M; Scourfield, J; Cheung, SY; Sharland, E; (2015) Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England. British Journal of Social Work , 46 (6) pp. 1485-1501. 10.1093/bjsw/bcv081. Green open access

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Abstract

Very few UK studies make use of longitudinal general population data to explore social service contact for children and young people. Those that do only look at specific interventions such as care placements. This paper seeks to address this gap by asking to what extent do structural, neighbourhood, familial and individual characteristics predict social service contact. We provide an empirical answer by analysing the Longitudinal Survey of Young People in England, which includes data on social service contact in connection with young people's behaviour. Our findings indicate that social class, gender, ethnicity, stepfamily status and special education needs are all significant predictors of social service contact. Difficult parent–child relationships, frequent arguments and parents' lack of engagement with school meetings also matter, as does young people's own risk-taking behaviour. We conclude with a discussion of the limitation of the data for social work research and the implications of the findings.

Type: Article
Title: Predictors of Social Service Contact among Teenagers in England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1093/bjsw/bcv081
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcv081
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Social services, young people, behaviour problems, cohort studies
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Education > UCL Institute of Education > IOE - Social Research Institute
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10045704
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