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Social work and child welfare politicsThrough Nordic lenses$
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Hannele Forsberg and Teppo Kroger

Print publication date: 2009

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424068

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.001.0001

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Family-focused social work: professional challenges of the 21 st century

Family-focused social work: professional challenges of the 21 st century

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(p.82) (p.83) six Family-focused social work: professional challenges of the 21 st century
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Social work and child welfare politics
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Sigrún Júlíusdóttir

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.003.0006

This chapter explores the ideological roots of social work with families and child welfare. The relevance of preserving the original spirit of the holistic approach when working for contemporary psychosocial welfare is also highlighted. Two key concepts in that developmental process are autonomy and democratisation, both highly real in work with human interaction in family relationships. Next, revised social landscape of functions and phenomena confronting the contemporary family social worker are investigated. The discussion of some crucial dimensions of postmodern social change — individualisation, family values and solidarity — implies a need for a rethinking of the role of the contemporary family social worker. By processing professional experience through research and participation in the social debate, it is possible to contribute to deeper insights among politicians and policy makers concerning family relationships and welfare in a broader perspective.

Keywords:   social work, families, child welfare, contemporary psychosocial welfare, individualisation, family values, solidarity

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