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Epilogue: on developing empowering child welfare systems and the welfare research needed to create them

Keith Pringle

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/9781847424068.003.0011
Epilogue: on developing empowering child welfare systems and the welfare research needed to create them

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This chapter reviews what is believed as the major future challenges facing research, policy and practice in the field of child and family social work, not only in the Nordic countries but also beyond. The first topic addressed is the interrogation of a Nordic welfare model. The second future challenge — of interrogating power relations within different welfare systems — has also been the inspiration for several of the chapters in this book. To achieve the first two objectives set out in this chapter — developing more complex understandings of welfare systems and more effectively interrogating power relations operating within them — we need to adopt more complex and sophisticated understandings of societal power relations in the analyses. That therefore relates to the third and final pathway described. The intersectional perspectives on power might well involve contradictions or paradoxes.

Keywords: Nordic welfare model; power relations; child welfare systems; child social work; family social work

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