Effective Participatory Practice: Family Group Conferencing in Child Protection

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In 1989, New Zealand formalized the social work trend toward involving the family in child protection decision-making processes. Central to this legislation is the Family Group Conference, based on indigenous Maori decision-making practices. Connolly (social work, U. of Canterbury, New Zealand) and McKenzie (community and family studies, U. of Otago, New Zealand) discuss the social construction of family decision-making, the country's experience with this empowering model, international adaptations, and the necessity of a sound theoretical basis<-->which they provide in their Effective Participatory Practice model exemplified in two case studies. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
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Table of Contents

Preface vii
Acknowledgments xi
Foreword xiii
Part I The Social Construction of Family Decision-Making
1 Family Participation in Child Protection 3
Empowerment Practice 5
The Strengths Perspective in Family Practice 7
Permanency Planning 8
Family Preservation and Family Reunification 10
Partnerships in Child Protection 11
Culturally Sensitive Practice 13
Family Decision-Making in Child Protection 14
2 The New Zealand Experience 17
How the Act Works in Practice 21
The Family Group Conference 23
The Practice of Family Group Conferencing 27
3 Indigenous Influences in Child Protection 35
Cross-Cultural Partnerships in New Zealand 35
Indigenous Processes in Modern New Zealand Practice 39
Cross-Cultural Partnerships in Canada 41
Indigenous Processes in Modern Canadian Practice 43
4 International Developments 49
Family Participation in the United States 50
Partnership and Family Decision-Making in the United Kingdom 52
The Canadian Experience 55
Australian Adaptations 58
5 Emerging Complexities of Family Decision-Making Practice 61
Commitment to the Philosophy of Family Participation 62
The Nature of Family 64
Power Dynamics 66
Cultural Relevancy 67
Children's Participation and Rights 68
Resourcing Issues 70
Part II Effective Participatory Practice
6 Visionary Professional Practice 75
Influencing Theoretical Frameworks 75
The Participatory Approach 77
7 Harnessing Strengths, Achieving Partnerships: Operationalizing EPP's Central Requirements 85
EPP Preliminary Phase 87
EPP Participatory Phase 93
EPP Review/Follow-up Phase 96
EPP Achievement Indicators 100
8 Effective Participatory Practice in Action 103
Case Study 1 The Craig Family 104
Case Study 2 The Mohammad Family 113
Comments 119
9 Conclusions 123
References 129
Index 134
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