Journal Article

Deadlocked Dialogues in Child Welfare

Carolus van Nijnatten

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 40, issue 3, pages 826-840
Published in print April 2010 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online October 2008 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Deadlocked Dialogues in Child Welfare

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In the interactions with families, child welfare workers investigate the parental capability to guarantee their children's safe and prosperous development. A main strategy of child welfare workers is to encourage parental reflection, which may help parents to consider the family problems from a more remote position. Findings from a two-fold case study show that the conversational mode of professionals and clients are crucial to bring about this reflective position. Both the professionals' abstract and layered approach and the legal context of family intervention may restrain clients to take a reflective position and to better see the nature of their problems and the ways to solve them.

Keywords: Child welfare; professional discourse; care and control; interactional analysis; symbolization

Journal Article.  5620 words. 

Subjects: Social Work

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