Reconstructing child welfare through participatory and child-centred professional practice : a conceptual approach

D`Cruz, Heather and Stagnitti, Karen 2008, Reconstructing child welfare through participatory and child-centred professional practice : a conceptual approach, Child & family social work, vol. 13, no. 2, pp. 156-165.

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Title Reconstructing child welfare through participatory and child-centred professional practice : a conceptual approach
Author(s) D`Cruz, Heather
Stagnitti, Karen
Journal name Child & family social work
Volume number 13
Issue number 2
Start page 156
End page 165
Total pages 10
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Place of publication Oxford, U.K.
Publication date 2008-05
ISSN 1356-7500
1365-2206
Keyword(s) children
citizenship
participation
rights
welfare
Summary The 'child' in child welfare/protection is seen as a dependent waif and an object of interest, on whose behalf adults speak and act. An alternative perspective has argued for child-centredness, and includes concepts of child liberation, rights and citizenship. Policymakers and practitioners who may accept the underlying principles may be concerned about the appropriateness and applicability of such principles in relation to practice with children and their parents in child welfare/protection cases. This paper discusses a conceptual framework for research that aims to explore participatory and child-centred professional practice by critically evaluating and developing, for professional practice, the practical meanings of 'participatory' and 'children as citizens'. We do not present research outcomes based on empirical data; instead, we present our conceptual framework as the first stage of research in progress into participatory and child-centred professional practice.
Language eng
Field of Research 111403 Paediatrics
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2008, Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30017399

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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