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Participatory social work and report writing.

(2009) CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK. 14(3). p.322-330
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Participation of children and parents is a central notion in child and family social work. This paper reports on a research dealing with how the participative paradigm comes to the fore in the practice of report writing in the work with looked-after children. As social work is essentially a language-centred activity, report writing is a core skill in social work. A participative practice of report writing would imply that the perspective of the children and parents is present in the reports. The results of our research show that a participatory approach to writing reports is not self-evident. On the one hand, the practice of report writing shows a big diversity in the way the client's perspectives are given attention. On the other hand, the incorporation of the client's voice does not necessarily stand for a participatory approach because it may be used to strengthen professional views rather than clarify clients' perspectives. The case is made in such a way that a participatory approach of child and family social work demands more attention to the practice of writing reports.
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RIGHTS, POVERTY, POWER, CARE, YOUNG-PEOPLE, DECISION-MAKING, CHILD PROTECTION, looked-after children, discourse analysis, children's participation, child welfare, child protection

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Roose, Rudi et al. “Participatory Social Work and Report Writing.” CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK 14.3 (2009): 322–330. Print.
APA
Roose, R., Mottart, A., Dejonckheere, N., Van Nijnatten, C., & De Bie, M. (2009). Participatory social work and report writing. CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, 14(3), 322–330.
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Roose, Rudi, André Mottart, Nele Dejonckheere, Carol Van Nijnatten, and Maria De Bie. 2009. “Participatory Social Work and Report Writing.” Child & Family Social Work 14 (3): 322–330.
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Roose, Rudi, André Mottart, Nele Dejonckheere, Carol Van Nijnatten, and Maria De Bie. 2009. “Participatory Social Work and Report Writing.” Child & Family Social Work 14 (3): 322–330.
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Roose R, Mottart A, Dejonckheere N, Van Nijnatten C, De Bie M. Participatory social work and report writing. CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK. 2009;14(3):322–30.
IEEE
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R. Roose, A. Mottart, N. Dejonckheere, C. Van Nijnatten, and M. De Bie, “Participatory social work and report writing.,” CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK, vol. 14, no. 3, pp. 322–330, 2009.
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  abstract     = {Participation of children and parents is a central notion in child and family social work. This paper reports on a research dealing with how the participative paradigm comes to the fore in the practice of report writing in the work with looked-after children. As social work is essentially a language-centred activity, report writing is a core skill in social work. A participative practice of report writing would imply that the perspective of the children and parents is present in the reports. The results of our research show that a participatory approach to writing reports is not self-evident. On the one hand, the practice of report writing shows a big diversity in the way the client's perspectives are given attention. On the other hand, the incorporation of the client's voice does not necessarily stand for a participatory approach because it may be used to strengthen professional views rather than clarify clients' perspectives. The case is made in such a way that a participatory approach of child and family social work demands more attention to the practice of writing reports.},
  author       = {Roose, Rudi and Mottart, André and Dejonckheere, Nele and Van Nijnatten, Carol and De Bie, Maria},
  issn         = {1356-7500},
  journal      = {CHILD & FAMILY SOCIAL WORK},
  keywords     = {RIGHTS,POVERTY,POWER,CARE,YOUNG-PEOPLE,DECISION-MAKING,CHILD PROTECTION,looked-after children,discourse analysis,children's participation,child welfare,child protection},
  language     = {eng},
  number       = {3},
  pages        = {322--330},
  title        = {Participatory social work and report writing.},
  url          = {http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00599.x},
  volume       = {14},
  year         = {2009},
}

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