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Diagnosis and dialogue

Carolus van Nijnatten

in Children's agency, children's welfare

Published by Policy Press

Published in print September 2010 | ISBN: 9781847424891
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9781447301837 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1332/policypress/9781847424891.003.0006
Diagnosis and dialogue

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This chapter provides an assessment of interaction between a public institution and the private life of citizens. Child welfare intervention is the legal confirmation of discontinuity within the family. It also demands an adjustment of parental identity. Assessment is also considered in this chapter in its historical perspective and in terms of the debate between advocates and opponents of a positivist assessment practice in child welfare. Additionally, the chapter explores the history of professionalisation and the role of child welfare expertise. It then investigates the practice of the Dutch Child Protection Board, which has a monopoly in assessing family cases in Dutch family courts. There are currently two explanatory models that dominate child welfare research: the main cause model and the interaction model. Child welfare interventions are the last act in the drama of family discontinuities.

Keywords: child welfare intervention; public institution; parental identity; child welfare; professionalisation; Dutch Child Protection Board; Dutch family courts

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