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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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Child, welfare, agency

Child, welfare, agency

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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/9781847424891.003.0002

This chapter introduces the case of Jennifer, who has been living in children's homes and foster families since the age of two. She has a history of neglect and abuse. Throughout her young life, Jennifer was shuttled between family and agency. Ellen is Jennifer's mentor during her current stay in sheltered lodgings. Ellen works in a non-dialogical environment in which she is barely able to express her observations and concerns about Jennifer in her own words. When she was admitted to child welfare, the professionals involved were not able to repair the damage done, partly because child welfare policy is disciplinary rather than dialogical. She also lacks a solid awareness of continuity, being unable to trust herself as someone capable of being relying on in different situations. In line with this, this book is an imperfect contribution to an imperfect child welfare practice.

Keywords:   Jennifer, child welfare, child agency, non-dialogical environment, child welfare policy, continuity

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