Strengths Based Child Protection

Strengths-Based Child Protection is the first textbook solely dedicated to furthering strengths-based practices in a child protection setting.


Author: Carolyn Oliver

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

ISBN: 9781487521233

Category: Psychology

Page: 264

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Strengths-Based Child Protection is the first textbook solely dedicated to furthering strengths-based practices in a child protection setting. Carolyn Oliver provides an original, accessible, and practical research-based model that focuses on the key to success in this field: the worker-client relationship.

Counselling Children Adolescents and Families

This book describes an innovative approach to therapeutic work which builds on the strengths of children and their parents.


Author: John Sharry

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 9780761949503

Category: Psychology

Page: 183

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This book describes an innovative approach to therapeutic work which builds on the strengths of children and their parents. Helping clients to focus on potential solutions rather than problems can be a powerful means of engaging them in the therapeutic process.

Exploring Dissonance with Strengths based Family Group Conferencing in Child Protection

This study uses selected data from a qualitative study by Ney, Stoltz and Maloney (2013) who explored family experiences of voice and participation in child protection family group conferences in British Columbia, Canada.


Author: Wendy Teresa Montgomery


ISBN: OCLC:902695079



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This study uses selected data from a qualitative study by Ney, Stoltz and Maloney (2013) who explored family experiences of voice and participation in child protection family group conferences in British Columbia, Canada. A family group conference is a decision-making process founded on strengths-based philosophies that encourages collaborative and empowering relationships between child protection workers and client families. Traditionally, relationships between these workers and client families in child protection are situated within an environment founded on problem-based perspectives with child protection workers positioned as experts. This study explores the perspectives of child protection workers and their client families about their experiences with a family group conference, focusing on areas of dissonance between strengths- and problem-based perspectives that are assessed by analyzing interview transcripts. Purposeful extreme case sampling was conducted to select three cases from the primary study that represented both positive and negative family experiences. Inductive and deductive thematic analyses were conducted on interview transcripts of nine participants. Findings from the thematic analyses as well as between-case, within-case and within-participant comparisons revealed an underlying dissonance in two of the three cases in that the workers endorsed the strengths-based philosophies of family group conferencing as well as -- and perhaps unknowingly -- the problem-based philosophies inherent in child protection practice. The families from these cases experienced the family group conference in contradiction to its strengths-based philosophies. The results point to possible connections between dissonance in practice, worker worldview and family experience. Recommendations for further research and for child protection workers to be more reflective and aware of worldviews are discussed.

Social Work Theories in Action

Strengths-based child protection work involves working to manage and resolve child protection issues safely and effectively through a professional 'lens' that is informed by the principles and values of strengths-based approaches.


Author: Kieran O\''Donoghue

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 1846421004

Category: Social Science

Page: 272

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This wide-ranging collection of essays offers valuable insights into the cultural issues involved in the practical application of social work theories. Leading contributors explore the challenges faced by indigenous populations and ethnic minority groups, examining how they can gain control over their position as minority populations, and offering valuable guidance on cross-cultural work. The direct implementation of four established theoretical approaches - ecological systems, community development, strengths-based approaches and attachment theories - is shown in a variety of contexts, including mental health care, trauma counselling and child protection. Using community development work in Australia and New Zealand as a case study, the contributors also advocate using these approaches in work with migrants and refugees. Social Work Theories in Action recognizes the importance of drawing on the strengths of families, individuals and communities and offers theoretical perspectives that can be applied in everyday work situations. It is essential reading for social and community workers, mental health professionals and social work students.

Child Protection and the Care Continuum

Respecting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children's rights also involves regarding culture as a protective factor rather than a risk to a child's safety. Strengths-based approaches have particular resonance for child ...


Author: Elizabeth Fernandez

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000281415

Category: Social Science

Page: 360

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This important new book critically examines the complex policy and practice issues surrounding child protection, including the impact of theoretical orientations, contemporary debates, policy initiatives and research findings, and maintains an emphasis on the ethics and values underpinning child welfare interventions. The book introduces policies that are central to understanding the position and needs of children and young people, and how policy and practice have been influenced by developments including the children’s rights agenda. It also explores the most significant issues in child welfare. These include: the experience of maltreatment by children, the systems of child protection to safeguard them, the methods and challenges of risk assessment, and the wide range of policy and therapeutic interventions to respond to children’s needs. The book also examines family support to promote children’s wellbeing before considering provision for children and young people who are looked after in out-of-home care. There is also a final section that focuses on best practice in communicating and working with children and young people, drawing on participatory, rights-oriented and resilience-based approaches, and supporting foster and adoptive carers and biological parents. Contributing in a substantive and clear manner to a growing international conversation about the present function and future directions for child welfare in contemporary societies, this textbook will be of interest to undergraduate and postgraduate social work students and those from allied disciplines, and professionals who are engaged in child welfare services.

Delivering Home based Services

Child Welfare the visit is to gather the evidence needed to verify that maltreatment has occurred and that children's safety may be ... Practice principles shared by home-based child welfare services include strengths-based strategies, ...


Author: Susan F. Allen

Publisher: Columbia University Press

ISBN: 9780231141468

Category: Social Science

Page: 329

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Service providers are increasingly called upon to serve clients at home, a setting even a seasoned professional can find difficult to negotiate. From monitoring the health of older populations to managing paroled offenders, preventing child abuse, and reunifying families, home-based services require models that ensure positive outcomes and address the ethical dilemmas that might arise in such sensitive contexts. The contributors to this volume are national experts in diverse fields of social work practice, policy, and research. Treating the home as an ecological setting that guides human development and family interaction, they present rationales for and overviews of evidence-based models across an array of populations and fields of practice. Part 1 provides historical background and contemporary applications for home-based services, highlighting ethical, administrative, and supervision issues and summarizing the social policies that shape service delivery. Part 2 addresses home-based practice in such fields as child and adult mental health, school social work, and hospice care, detailing the particular population being treated, the policy and agency context, theories and empirical data, and practice guidelines. Part 3, the editors present a unifying framework and suggest future directions for home-based social work.

Rights based Integrated Child Protection Service Delivery Systems

Summary Chart 3.2 Approaches of professional engagement with children Strengthsbased Approach PersonCentred Approach Ethical Approach CultureSensitive Approach Participatory Approach Summary Chart 3.3 Strengths-based approach (Adapted ...


Author: Murli Desai

Publisher: Springer Nature

ISBN: 9789811385346

Category: Social Science

Page: 467

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The Sourcebook-IV provides training modules for rights-based integrated child protection service delivery systems at the secondary and tertiary prevention levels. Part 1 of the Sourcebook focuses on the preventative, comprehensive, integrated and systemic, and universal community-based and family-based service delivery systems for children; and the methods of case management and outcomes-based project cycle. Part 2 discusses children and families at risk and the role of community-based Integrated Childcare and Support Centres for providing supplementary care and support services to them at the secondary prevention level. It also focuses on children facing sociolegal problems such as deprivation of parental care, violence, and conflict with law, and the role of District-based Integrated Child Protection Centres for providing protection, justice and rehabilitation to them at the tertiary prevention level. Part 3 focuses on children in emergencies in general and in specific situations and role of Integrated Child Protection Centres in these situations. This is a necessary read for social workers, lawyers, researchers, trainers and teachers working on child rights across the world, and especially in developing countries.

Working Ethically in Child Protection

... children's 54–5, 55–6, 58, 64; modern defence of birth family and parents 54, 62; of service users, protecting 124, ... paternalism and child protection 54 statutory child protection 70, 71, 98; and strengths-based approaches 82; ...


Author: Bob Lonne

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781317914457

Category: Social Science

Page: 248

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In their day-to-day practice, social work and human services practitioners frequently find themselves in confusing ethical quandaries, trying to balance the numerous competing interests of protecting children from harm and promoting family and community capacity. This book explores the ethical issues surrounding child protection interventions and offers a process-oriented approach to ethical practice and decision making in child protection and family welfare practice. Its aim is to prepare students and early-career professionals for roles in the complex and challenging work of child protection and family support. Beginning with a critical analysis and appreciation of the diverse organisational and cultural contexts of contemporary child protection and ethical decision-making frameworks, the authors outline a practical ‘real-world’ model for reshaping frontline ethical practice. Moving away from a focus on the child apart from the family, the authors recognise that child safeguarding affects the lives, not just of children, but also of parents, grandparents and communities. Working Ethically in Child Protection eschews dominant rational-technical models for relational ones that are value centred and focus on family well-being as a whole. Rather than a single focus on assessing risk and diagnosing deficit, this book recognises that our child protection systems bear down disproportionately on those from disadvantaged and marginalised communities and argues that what is needed is real support and practical assistance for poor and vulnerable parents and children. It uses real-world case examples to illustrate the relevant ethical and practice principles, and ways in which students and practitioners can practise ethically when dealing with complex, multi-faceted issues.

Social Work in a Diverse Society

Keddell, E. (2014) 'Theorising the Signs of Safety approach to child protection social work: positioning codes and ... Laursen, E. (2000) 'Strength-based practice with children in trouble', Reclaiming Children and Youth, 9(2):70–5.


Author: Williams, Charlotte

Publisher: Policy Press

ISBN: 9781447322610

Category: Social Science

Page: 242

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Understanding how to work with racially and ethnically diverse populations is crucial to effective social work practice and planning, and it will only become more so as society continues to become more diverse. This textbook brings together academics and practitioners, who draw on real-life scenarios and detailed case studies to help social workers consider the many dimensions of working in a diverse society and to enable them to uncover innovative, well-tailored ways to ensure successful delivery of essential services.

Trauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems

Child Welfare, 88(1), 101–126. Kemp, S. P., Marcenko, M. O., Lyons, S.J., & Kruzich, J. M. (2014). Strength-based practice and parental engagement in child welfare services: An empirical examination. Children and Youth Services Review, ...


Author: Virginia C. Strand

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9783319646022

Category: Social Science

Page: 349

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This comprehensive reference offers a robust framework for introducing and sustaining trauma-responsive services and culture in child welfare systems. Organized around concepts of safety, permanency, and well-being, chapters describe innovations in child protection, violence prevention, foster care, and adoption services to reduce immediate effects of trauma on children and improve long-term development and maturation. Foundations and interventions for practice include collaborations with families and community entities, cultural competency, trauma-responsive assessment and treatment, promoting trauma-informed parenting, and, when appropriate, working toward reunification of families. The book’s chapters on agency culture also address staffing, supervisory, and training issues, planning and implementation, and developing a competent, committed, and sturdy workforce. Among the topics covered: Trauma-informed family engagement with resistant clients. Introducing evidence-based trauma treatment in preventive services. Working with resource parents for trauma-informed foster care. Use of implementation science principles in program development for sustainability. Trauma informed and secondary traumatic stress informed organizational readiness assessments. Caseworker training for trauma practice and building worker resiliency. Trauma Responsive Child Welfare Systems ably assists psychology professionals of varied disciplines, social workers, and mental health professionals applying trauma theory and trauma-informed family engagement to clinical practice and/or research seeking to gain strategies for creating trauma-informed agency practice and agency culture. It also makes a worthwhile text for a child welfare training curriculum.

Child and Youth Care across Sectors Volume 1

Strengths-based practice in child protection. Victoria, BC: British Columbia Ministry of Children and Family Development. Oliver, C., & Charles, G. (2015). Which strengths-based practice? Reconciling strengthsbased practice and mandated ...


Author: Kiaras Gharabaghi

Publisher: Canadian Scholars’ Press

ISBN: 9781773381039

Category: Social Science

Page: 238

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The first of a two-volume series, Child and Youth Care across Sectors covers a comprehensive, critical, and forward-looking examination of the continuously evolving child and youth care field in Canada. This edited collection guides readers through a wide range of settings and contexts where practitioners are engaged with young people, their families, and their communities. By drawing on a variety of experiences, the authors address crucial topics in today’s child and youth care practice, including gender diversity, anti-oppression, anti-Black racism, and colonialism.This groundbreaking series is the first of its kind to cover the breadth of Canadian child and youth care in its full diversity. Volume 1 considers traditional sectors such as residential care and foster care; often neglected contexts and groups such as French-language services, trans youth, autistic young people, and Deaf communities; and newly emerging and innovative sectors such as cyberspace and outdoor adventure settings. Bringing together top scholars and practice leaders from across Canada, this collection is an invaluable resource for students, practitioners, and educators in the field of child and youth care.

Beyond the Risk Paradigm in Child Protection

In the area of child protective services and child welfare, many states and counties in the United States are refining ... One of the more recent efforts to reform child welfare work with families is Signs of Safety – a strengths-based, ...


Author: Marie Connolly

Publisher: Palgrave

ISBN: 9781137441300

Category: Social Science

Page: 232

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For decades, child protection systems have striven to provide responsive services to vulnerable children and families in the face of the constant change and instability caused by the bureaucratization of child protection. This book lends a strident voice to the argument for a shift beyond the current risk paradigm, towards genuine cultural change.

Supporting Older People Using Attachment Informed and Strengths Based Approaches

(2013) 'The secure base script and the task of caring for elderly parents: implications for ... De Jong, P., Kelly, S., Berg, I.K. and Gonzales, L. (2012) 'Building strengths-based tools for child protection practice: a case of ...


Author: Lydia Guthrie

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781784503871

Category: Social Science

Page: 160

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The significance of attachment theory for working with older people has been overlooked, and yet its importance is clear - evident in the experiences of people who struggle to adapt to new ways of living, to life with limiting health conditions, or to new social networks. This book explains how an understanding of attachment theory can empower health and social care staff, and improve the care of older people. It also serves as an accessible introduction to strengths-based working, covering principles and practice as well as key practice issues such as positive risk-taking, supporting people with dementia, working in end of life settings and working with whole families. With in-depth case studies depicting a broad span of experiences and easy to use tools for practice, this practical guide serves as an essential guide for all staff supporting older adults. This hands-on guide will help frontline workers convert this policy vision into practice.

Risk in Child Protection

However, approaches to child protection practice that use risk assessment to identify (and strengthen) sources of protection have emerged from strengths-based approaches, offering solutions that go beyond the monitoring of potentially ...


Author: Martin C. Calder

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9780857008589

Category: Social Science

Page: 304

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Assessing risk is a key challenge in child protection work. Martin C. Calder presents a clear and accessible guide to understanding risk and the part it plays. This book considers what risk means and how risk assessments should be defined, it outlines the key challenges practitioners face day-to-day, and offers a helpful evidence-based assessment framework for use by frontline staff. Calder argues that risk now has to be reconceived as a multi-disciplinary activity which stretches beyond social work. As such, he highlights a need for a clearer shared terminology among professionals and encourages the social work profession to look to related disciplines, such as criminal justice, for ideas to improve practice. Demystifying the complex debates around risk and showing how to deliver effective risk assessment, this is an essential reference for social workers and social work students, as well as lecturers.

Helping Abused Children and Their Families

Other models and approaches Strengths based , narrative , solution focused , motivational and structural approaches are popular in academic circles and in many child protection and child welfare agencies around the world .


Author: Chris Trotter

Publisher: SAGE

ISBN: 1412903556

Category: Psychology

Page: 188

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Helping Abused Children and their Families is a timely guide to the main challenges faced by social workers working in the context of child abuse and child protection. Written accessibly, the book outlines the knowledge and skills needed for effective practice. By drawing upon current international research, Chris Trotter shows that rates of re-abuse and client and worker satisfaction can be improved with certain approaches to intervention.

Culture and Child Protection

model; strengths-based approaches; treatment relationships see connectedness; difference; empathy; families, relationships within; meaning; power rescue culture, effects 40–1 resourcing factors in child abuse 25, 118, 119, ...


Author: Marie Connolly

Publisher: Jessica Kingsley Publishers

ISBN: 9781843102700

Category: Social Science

Page: 144

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This work is a concise exploration of the close links between social service practices and cultural values which offers a culturally sensitive model of child protection. It proposes effective strategies to assist social workers in responding to diverse needs and circumstances.

Understanding System Change in Child Protection and Welfare

Dublin: Tusla – Child and Family Agency. Available at: [Accessed 21 April 2021]. Oliver, C. (2017). Strengths-Based Child Protection: Firm, Fair, and Friendly. Toronto: University of Toronto Press. pp. x and 249 Peters, ...


Author: John Canavan

Publisher: Routledge

ISBN: 9781000478273

Category: Social Science

Page: 174

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This book provides an account of the experience of a multifaceted system-change programme to strengthen the capacity of Ireland’s statutory child protection and welfare agency in the areas of prevention, early intervention and family support. Many jurisdictions globally are involved in system change processes focused on increasing investment in services that seek to prevent children’s entry into child protection and welfare systems, through early intervention, greater support to families, and an increased emphasis on rights and participation. Based on a four-year in-depth study by a team of University-based researchers, this text adds to the emerging knowledge-base on developing, implementing and evaluating system change in child protection and welfare. Study methodological approaches were wide ranging and involved a number of key stakeholders including children, parents, social workers and social care workers, service managers, agency leaders and policy makers. Since the change process involved an agency-university partnership encompassing design, technical support and evaluation, the book also contributes to understandings of the potential and limits of such partnerships in the child protection and welfare field. Uniquely, the book gives voice to the experience of both agency personnel and academic in the accounts provided. It will be of interest to all scholars, students and practitioners in the areas of child protection and welfare.

Child Maltreatment Fatalities in the United States

Strengths-based social work assessment: Transforming the dominant paradigm. Families in Society, 82(3), 233–242. Gustavsson, N., & MacEachron, A. E. (2002). Death and the child welfare worker. Children and Youth Services Review, 24(12), ...


Author: Emily M. Douglas

Publisher: Springer

ISBN: 9789401775830

Category: Social Science

Page: 169

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This book focuses on the prevention of child abuse and neglect deaths in the U.S. In 2013 1,520 children died from maltreatment. This book defines child maltreatment fatalities (CMFs) and discusses the prevalence of deaths in the U.S. over the last several decades. It addresses the known risk factors for maltreatment deaths including child, parent, the parent-child relationship, and household risk factors. The main focus of the book addresses the responses and interventions that have been put in place in order to prevent CMFs: the child welfare profession, child death review teams, safe haven laws, criminal justice responses, public education, and new, federal efforts in the U.S. to reduce CMFs in the U.S. The book finishes by making recommendations for researchers, practitioners, and decision-makers about how to prevent fatal maltreatment among children in the U.S.