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The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study

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The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework : Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study. / Ferguson, Harry ; Warwick , Lisa; Singh Cooner, Tarsem ; Leigh, Jadwiga; Beddoe, Liz; Disney, Tom; Plumridge, Gillian.

In: Child and Family Social Work, Vol. 25, No. 3, 01.08.2020, p. 694-703.

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Ferguson, H, Warwick , L, Singh Cooner, T, Leigh, J, Beddoe, L, Disney, T & Plumridge, G 2020, 'The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study', Child and Family Social Work, vol. 25, no. 3, pp. 694-703. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12746

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Ferguson, H., Warwick , L., Singh Cooner, T., Leigh, J., Beddoe, L., Disney, T., & Plumridge, G. (2020). The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study. Child and Family Social Work, 25(3), 694-703. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12746

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Ferguson H, Warwick L, Singh Cooner T, Leigh J, Beddoe L, Disney T et al. The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework: Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study. Child and Family Social Work. 2020 Aug 1;25(3):694-703. https://doi.org/10.1111/cfs.12746

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Ferguson, Harry ; Warwick , Lisa ; Singh Cooner, Tarsem ; Leigh, Jadwiga ; Beddoe, Liz ; Disney, Tom ; Plumridge, Gillian. / The nature and culture of social work with children and families in long-term casework : Findings from a qualitative longitudinal study. In: Child and Family Social Work. 2020 ; Vol. 25, No. 3. pp. 694-703.

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