Working with Street Children: An Approach Explored

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This book aims to: empower street children through rebuilding lives, restoring dignity and releasing potential; equip and encourage people who work or may work amongst street and homeless children; and inform those in positions of influence. While acknowledging different views, it is based on the belief that there is sufficient common ground between cultures and contexts for practitioners in all parts of the world to learn from each other. By providing an analysis of how one approach was tried, tested, improved ...

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Overview

This book aims to: empower street children through rebuilding lives, restoring dignity and releasing potential; equip and encourage people who work or may work amongst street and homeless children; and inform those in positions of influence. While acknowledging different views, it is based on the belief that there is sufficient common ground between cultures and contexts for practitioners in all parts of the world to learn from each other. By providing an analysis of how one approach was tried, tested, improved and expanded through careful and constant attention to reflective analysis and review, it shows how principles can be drawn out which transcend specific context and culture. The approach is • holistic • relational • transitional • child-centred • professional. It is built around a conviction that the work is untenable or weakened if any of these elements is missing or ignored.

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  • ISBN-13: 9781905541805
  • Publisher: Russell House Publishing Limited
  • Publication date: 10/31/2011
  • Pages: 176
  • Product dimensions: 5.70 (w) x 8.20 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword Dr John Sentamu Archbishop of York vi

Preface vii

About the Author x

Acknowledgements xii

Chapter 1 Introduction 1

Chapter 2 A Holistic Approach 6

Introduction 6

Defining a holistic approach 6

Defining a holistic approach with in socialwork 6

Holistic thinking 7

Key concept of the person as an integrated whole 7

Thinking holistically about poverty and difficult circumstances 9

Holistic practice 10

Engaging children as more than the sum of their parts 10

Designing a programme more than the sum of its activities 12

The Baraza Principle 14

Building a team is more than the sum of its people 18

Creating a network more than the sum of its NGOs 22

Summary 23

Chapter 3 A Relational Approach 25

Introduction 25

Relational based social work 26

Relational leadership and culture 27

Key concept of trust 27

Entering the world of street children 28

Engaging with street children 31

Street work 33

Medical work 35

Football 36

Feeding 38

Juvenile justice system 38

Key questions 39

Forming authentic relationships 40

Cross cultural issues 41

Relationship with children in difficult circumstances 42

Hearing and listening 43

Observation 44

Active listening 44

Asking the right questions 46

Finding and using creative tools 47

Recognising and responding to trauma 48

Defining and identifying trauma 48

Using the inner working model 50

Responding to trauma 51

Constructing and testing a hypothesis: making an assessment 55

Transference 56

Summary 57

Chapter 4 A Transitional Approach 58

Introduction 58

Transitional thinking 58

The key concept of family 58

The key concept of community 63

Transitional practice 66

Finding entry and exit points 66

Summary 67

Appendix 1 The Drop in centre (The Tigers Clubhouse) 68

Appendix 2 Transitional education (The Learning Centre) 79

Appendix 3 Transitional residential care (The Halfway Home - Tudabujja) 81

Appendix 4 Reconciliation and reunification with relatives (The ResettlementProgramme) 88

Appendix 5 Integration into existing families (The Foster Care Scheme) 106

Conclusion to Chapter 4 120

Chapter 5 A Child-centred Approach 121

Introduction 121

Child-centred thinking 121

Childhood and development 122

Participation, empowerment and choice 124

Child-centred practice 127

Child-centred counselling 127

Measuring impact 128

Forums 128

Growing leaders 129

Summary 130

Chapter 6 A Professional Approach 131

Introduction 131

Thinking professionally 131

Being strategic, selective and focussed 131

Values, principles and ethics 133

Personal development and responsibility 134

Acting professionally 134

Core social work competencies 134

Human resource development 135

Summary 137

Chapter 7 Getting Started 138

Introduction 138

Branching out 138

Key questions and concerns 140

Summary 141

Chapter 8 A Platform Created 143

Introduction 143

Advocacy 143

Government initiatives 145

Prevention 146

Funding 148

Donor relations and communication 148

Child sponsorship 149

Summary 149

Chapter 9 Now I See My Future 151

References and Resources 154

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