Publication
Title
From parental engagement to the engagement of social work services : discussing reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families
Author
Abstract
Social work has moved from a child protection discourse towards a child welfare discourse that views the relationship between social workers and families as a partnership. Partnership with families in the field of child protection and child welfare, however, mirrors diverse ideological motives of social policy, civil society and practice. We engage in a theoretical discussion of different interpretations of partnership. We draw a primary distinction between reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families. In a reductionist approach, social workers activate parents in order to realize the goals set by social work. A democratic approach to partnership refers to a shared responsibility between social workers, parents and children. In this approach, effective partnership is not something to be realized as an outcome, but a point of departure that implies a joint search for meaning and an experiment with which social workers engage. This engagement presents non-participation not as problematic but as an essential element of participation. The focus then shifts from a methodical approach to partnership how to activate people to participate in the care process to the question of how the engagement of social workers can be constructed together with families.
Language
English
Source (journal)
Child and family social work. - Oxford
Publication
Oxford : 2013
ISSN
1356-7500 [print]
1365-2206 [online]
Volume/pages
18(2013), p. 449-457
ISI
000323898500007
Full text (Publisher's DOI)
Full text (publisher's version - intranet only)
UAntwerpen
Faculty/Department
Research group
Publication type
Subject
Law 
Affiliation
Publications with a UAntwerp address
External links
Web of Science
Record
Identification
Creation 03.01.2014
Last edited 10.09.2017
To cite this reference