Children's agency, children's welfare
A dialogical approach to child development, policy and practice
Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol
"A very useful framework for critical and innovative analysis of policy and practice. Moreover, it is a good read: interesting, original, clear and well structured."
"An excellent reflective resource for professionals practising in the field, as well as a very useful text for academics, researchers and postgraduate students in social work and childhood studies."
"This is a wide-ranging exploration of child welfare, based in psychology but drawing ideas from across the human sciences. It provides a strong argument for the centrality of dialogic, narrative and language approaches to understanding children, families and their interactions with child welfare professionals."
"Children's Agency, Children's Welfare is an important and challenging book. It demonstrates the importance of the nature and quality of interactions for influencing child development and that these are central issues for the way child welfare workers and agencies operate and are organised."
About the author
1 Child, welfare, agency
2 The development of individual agency
3 Social interaction and interactive agency
4 Social agency and social context
5 Diagnosis and dialogue
6 Change and co-construction
7 Dialogical management
8 Dialogical child welfare: conclusion
Appendix: Transcript conventions and abbreviations