This week’s question has been inspired by the country’s leading McKenzie friend for family law cases, Shaun O’Connell.
With so much to do and so much to learn, the system has yet to come to terms with the human condition, in all its glory and complexity. A Guest Blog, written by Professors Featherstone and Morris on Community Care called “Hostile parents and an alternative view” talks about the misunderstandings that can occur inside the family justice system. They say:
“For over two decades researchers have found that most families and parents want to ‘do right’ by their children with only a small minority seeking to actively hurt or harm their children.
There is no empirical evidence that this analysis needs to change today Indeed our research, alongside that of many others, indicates that families are a rich source of potential support for their children and relevant and appropriate help is welcomed by them”.
So, do you think that families are misunderstood or are social workers simply reacting to a new wave of unexplainable anger sweeping families nationwide?
Possible answer: Whilst there may be families who genuinely have anger related issues towards authority figures and social workers, the majority of parents and children are going to react to the way they are treated in the first instance and have no desire to be unreasonable. The question then becomes, how adept are social workers at understanding anger, in any form, and usually motivated by something other than a personal attack or conscious desire to be unreasonable?
You can see Shaun’s response in the article we linked to.