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Restorative Justice and Child Welfare: Engaging Families and Communities in the Care and Protection of Children

David S. Crampton and Patricia L. Rideout

in Social Work and Restorative Justice

Published in print November 2010 | ISBN: 9780195394641
Published online January 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199863365 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780195394641.003.0008
Restorative Justice and Child Welfare: Engaging Families and Communities in the Care and Protection of Children

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From the earliest days of child welfare outreach programs, social workers have developed a wide variety of practices to engage families and communities in the care and protection of children. This chapter reviews some of the efforts to promote family-centered and community-based child welfare practices and their fit into restorative justice. Specific processes discussed include family group conferencing which originated in New Zealand, family unity meetings from Oregon, team decision making from Ohio, and Family Team Conferences from Alabama. The case study presented is an example of the team decision-making approach and illustrates its use in permanency planning. The chapter describes the skills social workers need to use restorative processes in child welfare, and speculates about future directions in restorative justice and child welfare.

Keywords: child welfare; family group conferencing; family unity meetings; team decision making; permanency planning; family centred child welfare; community centred child welfare

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