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Child-centered social work practice: three unique meanings in the context of looking after children and the assessment framwork in Australia, Canada and Sweden
Socialhögskolan, Lunds universitet.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
Umeå University, Faculty of Social Sciences, Department of Social Work.
2010 (English)In: Children and youth services review, ISSN 0190-7409, E-ISSN 1873-7765, Vol. 32, no 3, 452-459 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Abstract [en]

This paper explores different orientations to child-centered social work as conveyed in the training materials and guidelines of Looking After Children and Assessment Framework in Australia, Canada and Sweden. ‘Child centered’ is shaped by contextual factors and influences social work practices. We found differences in these approaches as needs based and/or rights based and in relation to how each emphasizes the three P's — Provision, Protection and Participation. Substantial differences were identified both in how references to a child-centered approach appear in theoretical frameworks, values, motives and use of concepts in training materials and guidelines, and in the instructions given as to how to apply these approaches. It appears that Australia balances needs and rights, while Canada is more needs-oriented and Sweden more rights-oriented. Swedish materials show a more explicit emphasis on participation than Australian and Canadian materials. Differences between the three countries indicate the importance of structural, contextual factors shaping orientations to child-centered practice.

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New York: Pergamon Press , 2010. Vol. 32, no 3, 452-459 p.
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child centered, Looking After Children, Assessment Framework, Participation, Protection, Provision
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Social Work
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URN: urn:nbn:se:umu:diva-30108DOI: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2009.10.025ISI: 000274948100018OAI: diva2:279804
Available from: 2009-12-07 Created: 2009-12-07 Last updated: 2011-06-10Bibliographically approved

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