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Children's agency, children's welfareA dialogical approach to child development, policy and practice$
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Carolus van Nijnatten

Print publication date: 2010

Print ISBN-13: 9781847424891

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: March 2012

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781847424891.001.0001

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Change and co-construction

Change and co-construction

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(p.89) six Change and co-construction
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Children's agency, children's welfare
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Carolus van Nijnatten

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Policy Press
DOI:10.1332/policypress/9781847424891.003.0007

This chapter describes the restorative actions of child welfare, mainly at the level of interaction between children, welfare professionals and families. A discussion about the potential of dialogical help and the effort to help children and their parents tackle their problems through the work of narrative reconstruction is provided. The stories child welfare clients tell reveal the difficulties they experience in their lives. The professional must give the client some idea of what to expect: what the child welfare worker can or cannot do, the limitations on her time, and so on. By combining a positive and supportive attitude toward the parents with an unrelenting emphasis on the familial character of Marco's problems, the family supervisor has succeeded in getting the parents to reflect on their own position in relation to their son and their share in the problems of his life.

Keywords:   child welfare, welfare professionals, families, dialogical help, child welfare worker, Marco

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