An Interdisciplinary Framework for Understanding Child Welfare

  • Sharon Pinkney
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Abstract

This chapter outlines the interdisciplinary framework for understanding child welfare used throughout the book. This includes children’s rights, sociology, feminist, anthropology and psychosocial approaches to the study of childhood and child protection as a foundation for understanding contemporary child welfare policies and practices. Issues of social inequality, poverty, and ‘race’ and ethnicity are explored in relation to social work practice and child protection. Lastly it also makes use of some of the literatures that have been developed around children’s geographies and mobilities. The chapter introduces child-centred practice which is at the core of the book. It critically examines the way that children’s participation in decision making has been embedded into social work practice.

Keywords

Interdisciplinary framework Child welfare Children’s rights Sociology of childhood Feminist approaches to the study of childhood Psychosocial Emotional Looked After Children Children’s participation in decision making 

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  • Sharon Pinkney
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  1. 1.Carnegie School of EducationLeeds Beckett UniversityLeedsUK

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