Social Work and Child Welfare Politics

Through Nordic Lenses

Edited by Hannele Forsberg and Teppo Kröger

Social Work and Child Welfare Politics

Edited by Hannele Forsberg and Teppo Kröger

Distributed for Policy Press at the University of Bristol

216 pages
Cloth $110.00 ISBN: 9781847424068 Published November 2009 For sale in North and South America only
Children and families are at the heart of social work all over the world, but, until now Nordic perspectives have been rare in the body of English-language child welfare literature. Is there something that makes child welfare ideas and practices that are in use in the Nordic countries characteristically 'Nordic'? If so, what kinds of challenges do the current globalization trends pose for Nordic child welfare practices, especially for social work with children and families? Covering a broad range of child welfare issues, this edited collection provides examples of Nordic approaches to child welfare, looking at differences between Nordic states as well as the similarities. It considers, and critically examines, the particular features of the Nordic welfare model - including universal social care services that are available to all citizens and family policies that promote equality and individuality - as a resource for social work with children and families. Drawing on contemporary research and debates from different Nordic countries, the book examines how social work and child welfare politics are produced and challenged as both global and local ideas and practices. "Social work and child welfare politics" is aimed at academics and researchers in social work, childhood studies, children's policy and social policy, as well as social work practitioners, policy makers and service providers, all over the world who are interested in Nordic experiences of providing care and welfare for families with children.
Contents
Introduction ~ Hannele Forsberg and Teppo Kröger
Nordic family policies: constructing contexts for social work with families ~ Guðný Björk Eydal and Teppo Kröger
A Nordic model in child welfare? ~ Helena Blomberg, Clary Corander, Christian Kroll, Anna Meeuwisse, Roberto Scaramuzzino and Hans Swärd
From welfare to illfare: public concern for Finnish childhood ~ Hannele Forsberg and Aino Ritala-Koskinen
Supporting families: the role of family work in child welfare ~ Marjo Kuronen and Pia Lahtinen
Family focused social work: professional challenges of the 21st century ~ Sigrún Júlíusdóttir
In the best interest of the child? Contradictions and tensions in social work ~ Reidun Follesø and Kate Mevik
Children in families receiving financial welfare assistance: visible or invisible? ~ Inger Marii Tronvoll
Listening to children's experiences of being participant witnesses to domestic violence ~ Margareta Hydén
Now you see them - now you don't: institutions in child protection policy ~ Tuija Eronen, Riitta Laakso and Tarja Pösö
Epilogue: on developing empowering child welfare systems and the welfare research needed to create them ~ Keith Pringle
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