Service user participation in diverse child protection contexts: principles for practice

Healy, Karen and Darlington, Yvonne (2009) Service user participation in diverse child protection contexts: principles for practice. Child and Family Social Work, 14 4: 420-430. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00613.x

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Author Healy, Karen
Darlington, Yvonne
Title Service user participation in diverse child protection contexts: principles for practice
Journal name Child and Family Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-7500
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2009.00613.x
Volume 14
Issue 4
Start page 420
End page 430
Total pages 11
Editor Susan White
Place of publication United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley - Blackwell
Collection year 2010
Language eng
Subject C1
940105 Children's/Youth Services and Childcare
160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
Abstract Promoting the participation of children and parents in child protection practice is one of the most complex and sensitive areas of social work practice. Increasingly, child protection legislation and policy in many parts of the world enshrines ideals of service user participation. Yet, with the exception of extensive discussion about family group conferencing, the principles and methods for achieving participatory practices in child protection work remain underdeveloped. We use the term 'child protection' to refer to a broad spectrum of child and family welfare services aimed at prevention of (or intervention to address) child abuse and neglect. This spectrum of services includes intensive family support, family support, domestic violence, statutory child protection and child and family advocacy services. In this paper, we present findings from the first phase of a 3-year study into participatory practice in child protection. In this paper, we present findings from a qualitative analysis of interviews with 28 child protection practitioners across five domains of child protection work. Our analysis reveals three core principles of participatory practice underpinning these practitioners' accounts as well as contextual differences among them. We conclude with a discussion of the educational implications of our findings.
Q-Index Code C1
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Institutional Status UQ

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