Supporting families: the role of family work in child welfare

Marjo Kuronen and Pia Lahtinen

in Social work and child welfare politics

Published by Policy Press

Published in print November 2009 | ISBN: 9781847424068
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447303534 | DOI:
Supporting families: the role of family work in child welfare

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This chapter first presents a brief review of the international discussions on family support, mainly in the other Nordic countries and the UK, and this is followed by an overview of the historical background of the development of family work in Finland. The chapter also investigates the current state of family work in child welfare and its objectives, targets and methods. Furthermore, questions are raised regarding the role of service users, families and family members, in family work, especially with regard to connections and possible contradictions between supporting parents and protecting children, and between adult and child perspectives in family work. Home help for families with young children has almost completely disappeared as a universal public social care service in Finland. There are still many challenges for further empirical research and the practical development of family work.

Keywords: family support; family work; child welfare; Finland; UK; supporting parents; protecting children; public social care

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