This will be a key new text for modules on Children and Families on the qualifying Social Work degree, and on PQ courses in this area, and should also be used on Assessment & Intervention modules. It will also have wider appeal across Health and Social Care and on the new EYPS programmes – the market is wide ranging.

Inappropriate Roles for Children

Inappropriate roles for children

In the previous chapter mention was made of the child as a witness and a scapegoat. This chapter explores additional ways in which children can be burdened with inappropriate roles.

Chapter Overview

  • The child as a weapon and the Medea syndrome
  • The scapegoated child
  • Age-inappropriate roles
  • Inappropriate medical intervention and ‘sick person’ roles

Glaser (2011, p. 873) points out that some ‘caregivers are not able to distinguish the psychological boundary between the child and themselves. They are therefore capable of using the child for the fulfilment of their own need.’ The case of ‘Paul’ (see Chapter 2) illustrates parents who use their children to obtain material benefits from the authorities. As Srivastava et al. (2005, p. 132) observe, ‘practical support provided to families ...

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