Social Action With Children And Families

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Meeting the needs of children at the same time as promoting family life is more than a question of resources: it needs a culture change in social services: a rediscovery and a modernization of the social action and community development traditions in social work. In Social Action with Children and Families the authors argue that ways must be found to work together to promote environments in which children can flourish, and to develop forms of public life which are friendly to ...

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Overview

Meeting the needs of children at the same time as promoting family life is more than a question of resources: it needs a culture change in social services: a rediscovery and a modernization of the social action and community development traditions in social work. In Social Action with Children and Families the authors argue that ways must be found to work together to promote environments in which children can flourish, and to develop forms of public life which are friendly to children and their parents.
Recent changes in child care systems have put more pressures on those working in it. Social workers have become more open to public scrutiny and are expected to respond to problems rooted in social and economic aspects of their clients' or services users' lives. Legislation stresses working in partnership with parents, other professionals, and community groups.
The central aim of Social Action with Children and Families is to help those working in this field to find a new, more positive sense of direction and purpose. It will be invaluable reading to those studying social work, social policy and public administration as well as to all professionals working in these areas.

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780415131513
  • Publisher: Taylor & Francis
  • Publication date: 11/14/1996
  • Series: State of Welfare Series
  • Pages: 254
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.50 (h) x 0.51 (d)

Table of Contents

Contributors
Series editor's preface
Acknowledgements
Introduction 1
1 Community development and children: a contemporary agenda 23
2 Rethinking practice through a children's rights perspective 43
3 Mapping the future? A contribution from community social work in the community care field 66
4 Social development with children and families in France 85
5 Family support and the journey to empowerment 103
6 New social networks for families and children in Germany 127
7 The role of the centre in family support 143
8 Mechanisms for empowerment: family group conferences and local family advocacy schemes 162
9 Long-term development: neighbourhood community development work on estates 182
10 Think global, act local: towards residents' control of their life, health and environment - tools and skills in social development in France 200
Index 219
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