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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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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.
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Roose, Rudi, 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.
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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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Roose, Rudi, Griet Roets, Sabine Van Houte, 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 18.4 (2013): 449–457. Print.
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  author       = {Roose, Rudi and Roets, Griet and Van Houte, Sabine and Vandenhole, Wouter and Reynaert, Didier},
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  journal      = {CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK},
  keywords     = {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},
  language     = {eng},
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  pages        = {449--457},
  title        = {From parental engagement to the engagement of social work services: discussing reductionist and democratic forms of partnership with families},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2012.00864.x},
  volume       = {18},
  year         = {2013},
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