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TitleParticipation in Child Protection [electronic resource] : Theorizing Children’s Perspectives / by Mandy Duncan
ImprintCham : Springer International Publishing : Imprint: Palgrave Macmillan, 2019
Edition 1st ed. 2019
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Descript XI, 214 p. 2 illus. in color. online resource


There have long been doubts within social work about the viability of reconciling participatory practice with the statutory power that comes hand-in-hand with child protection work. This book explores this issue by proposing an original theory of children’s participation within statutory child protection interventions. It prioritises children’s voices through presentation of a wide collection of children’s experiences of the child protection system including three unique in-depth accounts. Identifying the different ways in which children engage with professionals in the child protection process, Duncan explores why they act in the ways that they do. The book reveals why some children are sceptical participants or become disaffected with the system whilst others participate more positively within it. Participation in Child Protection will be of interest to students and scholars across a range of disciplines, including social work, sociology, psychology, counselling, law and education, as well as child protection professionals such as social workers, child protection police officers, health visitors and teachers.


1. Introduction -- Part I: The Perspectives of Children -- 2. Children’s Experiences of Statutory Child Protection Interventions -- 3. Jayden, Madison and Grace -- 4. A Typology of Children’s Participation in Child Protection Interventions -- Part II: The Agency of Children and the Structural Conditions of their Participation in Child Protection Interventions -- 5. Children’s Agency in Child Protection Interventions -- 6. The Ideological Basis of Children’s Participation in the Child Protection System -- 7.The Structural Conditions of Children’s Participation in the Child Protection System -- 8. Reflections and Implications

Social work Social policy Social Work. Childhood Adolescence and Society. Sociology of Family Youth and Aging. Children Youth and Family Policy.


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