Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781847424891 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447306290 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only

Children's agency, children's welfare

A dialogical approach to child development, policy and practice

Carolus van Nijnatten

Carolus van Nijnatten

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

168 pages
Cloth $99.00 ISBN: 9781847424891 Published September 2010 For sale in North and South America only
Paper $42.95 ISBN: 9781447306290 Published October 2013 For sale in North and South America only
Children develop agency by interacting with their parents and families; if parental agency proves insufficient, child welfare workers must fill in the gaps. In this holistic study of the development of agency, Carolus van Nijnatten engages social, psychological, and developmental perspectives while maintaining a special focus on child welfare structures and the role of the social worker. A significant contribution to current debates about child welfare and protection, Children’s Agency, Children’s Welfare will be essential reading for specialists in social work, childhood studies, and social policy. 
Kirsi Juhila, University of Tampere, Finland
“This book offers a lively and well-developed analysis of the multilevel concept of agency in child welfare and explores in an original manner the importance of dialogical and narrative approaches in social work practices. This is useful reading for anyone involved in these practices.”  
International Journal of Social Welfare

"A very useful framework for critical and innovative analysis of policy and practice. Moreover, it is a good read: interesting, original, clear and well structured."

British Journal of Social Work

"An excellent reflective resource for professionals practising in the field, as well as a very useful text for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in social work and childhood studies."

Christopher Hall, Durham University

"This is a wide-ranging exploration of child welfare, based in psychology but drawing ideas from across the human sciences. It provides a strong argument for the centrality of dialogic, narrative and language approaches to understanding children, families and their interactions with child welfare professionals."

Nigel Parton, University of Huddersfield, England

"Children's Agency, Children's Welfare is an important and challenging book. It demonstrates the importance of the nature and quality of interactions for influencing child development and that these are central issues for the way child welfare workers and agencies operate and are organised."

Contents

About the author

Introduction

1  Child, welfare, agency

2  The development of individual agency

3  Social interaction and interactive agency

4  Social agency and social context

5  Diagnosis and dialogue   

6  Change and co-construction

7  Dialogical management

8  Dialogical child welfare: conclusion

References

Appendix: Transcript conventions and abbreviations

Index

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