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Dealing with risk in child and family social work: from an anxious to a reflexive professional?

Eline Vyvey (UGent) , Rudi Roose (UGent) , Lieselot De Wilde (UGent) and Griet Roets (UGent)
(2014) SOCIAL SCIENCES. 3(4). p.758-770
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The rhetoric of risk has become a prominent issue in the field of child and family social work. As a consequence, an emerging politics of fear has re-oriented this field towards managing, controlling, and securing social work practice against risk, rather than responding meaningfully to the needs and concerns of children and families. In the available body of research, it is argued that this general tendency creates “anxious” professionals. As a response, different scholars refer to the need to “speak back to fear”. In this article, we analyze this claim in the context of a currently ongoing large-scale policy reform, named Integrated Youth Care (IYC), in the field of child welfare and protection in Flanders (the Dutch speaking part of Belgium). The debate on dealing with risk is often limited to an organizational and methodological discussion. We assert that we should reorient this debate and make a plea for a radical approach of applying a welfare perspective in child welfare and protection.
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child welfare, child protection, child and family social work, risk, youth care

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Vyvey, Eline et al. “Dealing with Risk in Child and Family Social Work: From an Anxious to a Reflexive Professional?” SOCIAL SCIENCES 3.4 (2014): 758–770. Print.
APA
Vyvey, E., Roose, R., De Wilde, L., & Roets, G. (2014). Dealing with risk in child and family social work: from an anxious to a reflexive professional? SOCIAL SCIENCES, 3(4), 758–770.
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Vyvey, Eline, Rudi Roose, Lieselot De Wilde, and Griet Roets. 2014. “Dealing with Risk in Child and Family Social Work: From an Anxious to a Reflexive Professional?” Social Sciences 3 (4): 758–770.
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Vyvey, Eline, Rudi Roose, Lieselot De Wilde, and Griet Roets. 2014. “Dealing with Risk in Child and Family Social Work: From an Anxious to a Reflexive Professional?” Social Sciences 3 (4): 758–770.
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Vyvey E, Roose R, De Wilde L, Roets G. Dealing with risk in child and family social work: from an anxious to a reflexive professional? SOCIAL SCIENCES. 2014;3(4):758–70.
IEEE
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E. Vyvey, R. Roose, L. De Wilde, and G. Roets, “Dealing with risk in child and family social work: from an anxious to a reflexive professional?,” SOCIAL SCIENCES, vol. 3, no. 4, pp. 758–770, 2014.
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