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From parental engagement to the engagement of social work services: discussing reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families

Rudi Roose (UGent) , Griet Roets (UGent) , Sabine Van Houte (UGent) , Wouter Vandenhole and Didier Reynaert (UGent)
(2013) CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK. 18(4). p.449-457
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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.
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PROTECTION, CHILD-WELFARE, DECISION-MAKING, RETHINKING, KNOWLEDGE, NEW-LABOR, child poverty, child welfare, family support, parenting, parenthood, partnership, empowerment, UNITED-NATIONS CONVENTION, PARTICIPATION, RIGHTS, CITIZENSHIP

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MLA
Roose, Rudi, et al. “From Parental Engagement to the Engagement of Social Work Services: Discussing Reductionist and Democratic Forms of Partnership with Families.” CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, vol. 18, no. 4, 2013, pp. 449–57, doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00864.x.
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Roose, R., Roets, G., Van Houte, S., Vandenhole, W., & Reynaert, D. (2013). From parental engagement to the engagement of social work services: discussing reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families. CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, 18(4), 449–457. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00864.x
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Roose, Rudi, Griet Roets, Sabine Van Houte, Wouter Vandenhole, and Didier Reynaert. 2013. “From Parental Engagement to the Engagement of Social Work Services: Discussing Reductionist and Democratic Forms of Partnership with Families.” CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK 18 (4): 449–57. https://doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00864.x.
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Roose, Rudi, Griet Roets, Sabine Van Houte, Wouter Vandenhole, and Didier Reynaert. 2013. “From Parental Engagement to the Engagement of Social Work Services: Discussing Reductionist and Democratic Forms of Partnership with Families.” CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK 18 (4): 449–457. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00864.x.
Vancouver
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Roose R, Roets G, Van Houte S, Vandenhole W, Reynaert D. From parental engagement to the engagement of social work services: discussing reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families. CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK. 2013;18(4):449–57.
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R. Roose, G. Roets, S. Van Houte, W. Vandenhole, and D. Reynaert, “From parental engagement to the engagement of social work services: discussing reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families,” CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, vol. 18, no. 4, pp. 449–457, 2013.
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