Family Centres and Their International Role in Social Action: Social Work As Informal Education

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In sixteen chapters, international contributors discuss their experiences in building and maintaining family support and developing family center practice. Such programs are an increasing part of legislative mandates as well as foundation-supported services offered by faith-based and state-funded agencies, mental health organizations, community centers, early childhood programs, and schools. The volume addresses concerns such as funding, program development and evaluation, and the development of practitioners with knowledge and skill in nontraditional approaches. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780754614241
  • Publisher: Ashgate Publishing, Limited
  • Publication date: 12/1/2001
  • Pages: 244
  • Product dimensions: 6.26 (w) x 7.80 (h) x 0.79 (d)

Table of Contents

Acknowledgements vii
List of Contributors viii
Foreword xii
1 Introduction: Family Centres, Integrating Practice, and Empowerment Journeys 1
2 The Family Centre and the Consolidation of Integrated Practice 15
3 What's Happening in France? The Settlement and Social Action Centre: Exchange as Empowerment 29
4 Education and Empowerment in Family Centres 45
5 Francophone Centres in Quebec, Canada--Two Case Studies 56
6 The Referral Only Centre--Managing Changing Attitudes to Parenting 69
7 The Office as Centre: A 'Patch' Approach, Supporting and Protecting in two Massachusetts Communities 80
8 Justice, Child Protection and Family Centres--Part 1 (Inside) 92
9 Justice, Child Protection and Family Centres--Part 2 (Outside) 105
10 Aotearoa/New Zealand--Family Centred Practice from a Mental Health Perspective 127
11 Aotearoa/New Zealand--Working Differently with Communities and Families 146
12 Contemporary Debates in Centre Practice in Youth Justice and Community Development 163
13 User Participation in Family Centres in Greece 177
14 Make Your Experience Count: Social Work as Informal Education 189
15 The Neighbourhood Centre as a Base for Social Action and Life-Long Learning 201
16 Conclusion--Lessons from Family Centres: the Authentic Site for Ecological Practice 225
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