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Dialogical child welfare: conclusion

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/9781847424891.003.0009
Dialogical child welfare: conclusion

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This book has discussed the function of dialogue in development, the upbringing of children, child welfare and child welfare organisation. Dialogue is the very instrument by which to try to realise continuity and to get a new sense of meaning and meaningfulness. The upbringing of children is influenced by social conditions and historical and cultural changes in society. Child welfare is a dynamic process of constructing and reconstructing meanings. The aim of dialogical child welfare is to realise changes by addressing the client's agency from the start rather than making an assessment and starting up a programme of help that primarily would reinforce the client's dependence. The continuity and discontinuity in development and parenthood are described, along with child welfare's attempts to restore continuity. Most families that are involved with child welfare services have a long, drawn-out history of aggression, relationship break-ups and traumas that are repeated from generation to generation.

Keywords: dialogical child welfare; child development; child welfare organisation; continuity; discontinuity; parenthood

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