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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives$
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Jon Lawrence and Pat Starkey

Print publication date: 2001

Print ISBN-13: 9780853236764

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: June 2013

DOI: 10.5949/UPO9781846312816

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Mental Incapacity, Ill-Health and Poverty: Family Failure in Post-War Britain

Mental Incapacity, Ill-Health and Poverty: Family Failure in Post-War Britain

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(p.256) 12 Mental Incapacity, Ill-Health and Poverty: Family Failure in Post-War Britain
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Child Welfare and Social Action in the Nineteenth and Twentieth Centuries: International Perspectives
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Pat Starkey

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Liverpool University Press
DOI:10.5949/liverpool/9780853236764.003.0013

This chapter, which explores the work of Pacifist Service Units (PSU) and its successor organisation, Family Service Units (FSU), in England during and immediately after the Second World War, investigates the close link that developed in many areas between FSU and the local Medical Officers of Health. PSU methods were established based on intensive family casework. Frequent visiting became its crucial element. It is observed that most PSU caseworkers were insufficient in formal training in any type of social work. In spite of this, they achieved a desirable reputation for initiating work with families believed hopeless by other agencies. FSU, which concentrated on the family as an entity and worked mostly with parents, was both a product of its time and part of a wider process of experimentation in social work method.

Keywords:   Pacifist Service Units, Family Service Units, England, Second World War, Medical Officers, intensive family casework, social work

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