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Children in families receiving financial welfare assistance: visible or invisible?

Inger Marii Tronvoll

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: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424068.003.0008
Children in families receiving financial welfare assistance: visible or invisible?

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This chapter describes how social workers from social welfare and child protection services can contribute more actively towards helping children in families who face poverty. It also explores the social workers’ reflections and descriptions of what they do as practices that contain special views of or ideas about children. The theme is discussed from a discourse analytical approach, identifying the relevance of three different discourses: children’s rights in terms of parents’ responsibilities; case processing rules guiding the practice in relation to children; and children as subjects in their own life. The expression of an individual has been given a broader meaning because it has been placed in a larger context and has been considered in relation to discourses at the social level. The discourses describe trends in ideas that influence the formation of opinions and ways of thinking among people.

Keywords: social welfare; child protection; financial welfare assistance; poverty; children; discourse analytical approach

Chapter.  7040 words. 

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