Does social work care? Practising care in social work with vulnerable children and their families

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Abstract

This article investigates how care is practised and made possible in social work with vulnerable children and their families in Danish child welfare and protection services. It seeks to contribute to our knowledge of forms of professional care in social work by examining two case-examples of, how social work practice is performed in interaction with families who are subjects of a child examination or a family network-based intervention. By examining caring practices in situations marked by potentially conflicting values, interests and needs in this particular social and political context, the article contributes to illuminating how changes in the relations between the state, family and child on a macro level, are reflected in the way care is practised on a micro level.

Original languageEnglish
JournalEuropean Journal of Social Work
ISSN1369-1457
DOIs
Publication statusE-pub ahead of print - 1 Jun 2019

Keywords

  • professional care, vulnerable children and families, holistic social work, child protection, child welfare

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