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Parent-worker relationships in child & family social work: a Belgian case study

Sabine Van Houte UGent, Lieve Bradt UGent, Michel Vandenbroeck UGent and Maria De Bie UGent (2014) EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. 17(1). p.45-57
abstract
The involvement of parents within child and family social work has become an important research topic during the past few decades. Within this research, a lot of attention is paid to partnership, which is recognised as a dominant concept in current thinking about the parent-worker relationship in present-day practice. The debate on parent-worker relationships, however, seems to be mainly focussed on the individual relationship between the parent and the social worker. Based on a historical analysis of policy documents on a Belgian child and family welfare service, this article offers a historical and sociopolitical contextualisation of the current debate on the parent-worker relationship. The analysis reveals that sociopolitical ideas about the responsibilities of the state, the community and the private family have induced a continuous reflection on which children and parents should be seen as the most appropriate clients for a particular service, as well as an ongoing development of diagnostic instruments to legitimise inclusion and exclusion of families within child and family social work. Consequences for parent-worker relationships in child and family social work are discussed, as well as some implications for future research on child and family social work practices.
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keyword
SUPPORT, POLICY, PARTICIPATION, PROTECTION, PROVISION, CONTEXT, HISTORY, RISK, CARE, child welfare, history, parental involvement, social policy, partnership
journal title
EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK
volume
17
issue
1
pages
45 - 57
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Article
Web of Science id
000329776600005
ISSN
1369-1457
DOI
10.1080/13691457.2012.739557
language
English
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yes
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A1
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I have transferred the copyright for this publication to the publisher
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2996199
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http://hdl.handle.net/1854/LU-2996199
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2012-09-20 10:30:19
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2014-09-29 15:38:31
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  abstract     = {The involvement of parents within child and family social work has become an important research topic during the past few decades. Within this research, a lot of attention is paid to partnership, which is recognised as a dominant concept in current thinking about the parent-worker relationship in present-day practice. The debate on parent-worker relationships, however, seems to be mainly focussed on the individual relationship between the parent and the social worker. Based on a historical analysis of policy documents on a Belgian child and family welfare service, this article offers a historical and sociopolitical contextualisation of the current debate on the parent-worker relationship. The analysis reveals that sociopolitical ideas about the responsibilities of the state, the community and the private family have induced a continuous reflection on which children and parents should be seen as the most appropriate clients for a particular service, as well as an ongoing development of diagnostic instruments to legitimise inclusion and exclusion of families within child and family social work. Consequences for parent-worker relationships in child and family social work are discussed, as well as some implications for future research on child and family social work practices.},
  author       = {Van Houte, Sabine and Bradt, Lieve and Vandenbroeck, Michel and De Bie, Maria},
  issn         = {1369-1457},
  journal      = {EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK},
  keyword      = {SUPPORT,POLICY,PARTICIPATION,PROTECTION,PROVISION,CONTEXT,HISTORY,RISK,CARE,child welfare,history,parental involvement,social policy,partnership},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {1},
  pages        = {45--57},
  title        = {Parent-worker relationships in child \& family social work: a Belgian case study},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/13691457.2012.739557},
  volume       = {17},
  year         = {2014},
}

Chicago
Van Houte, Sabine, Lieve Bradt, Michel Vandenbroeck, and Maria De Bie. 2014. “Parent-worker Relationships in Child & Family Social Work: a Belgian Case Study.” European Journal of Social Work 17 (1): 45–57.
APA
Van Houte, S., Bradt, L., Vandenbroeck, M., & De Bie, M. (2014). Parent-worker relationships in child & family social work: a Belgian case study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK, 17(1), 45–57.
Vancouver
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Van Houte S, Bradt L, Vandenbroeck M, De Bie M. Parent-worker relationships in child & family social work: a Belgian case study. EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK. 2014;17(1):45–57.
MLA
Van Houte, Sabine, Lieve Bradt, Michel Vandenbroeck, et al. “Parent-worker Relationships in Child & Family Social Work: a Belgian Case Study.” EUROPEAN JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK 17.1 (2014): 45–57. Print.