Effective Participatory Practice: Family Group Conferencing in Child Protection

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Transaction Publishers, Dec 31, 1998 - Social Science - 140 pages
In 1989, New Zealand formalized the social work trend toward involving the family in child protection decision-making processes. Central to this legislation is the Family Group Conference, based on indigenous Maori decision-making practices. Connolly (social work, U. of Canterbury, New Zealand) and McKenzie (community and family studies, U. of Otago, New Zealand) discuss the social construction of family decision-making, the country's experience with this empowering model, international adaptations, and the necessity of a sound theoretical basis--which they provide in their Effective Participatory Practice model exemplified in two case studies. Annotation copyrighted by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR
 

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Contents

Family Participation in Child Protection
3
EMPOWERMENT PRACTICE
5
THE STRENGTHS PERSPECTIVE IN FAMILY PRACTICE
7
PERMANENCY PLANNING
8
FAMILY PRESERVATION AND FAMILY REUNIFICATION
10
PARTNERSHIPS IN CHILD PROTECTION
11
CULTURALLY SENSITIVE PRACTICE
13
FAMILY DECISIONMAKING IN CHILD PROTECTION
14
COMMITMENT TO THE PHILOSOPHY OF FAMILY PARTICIPATION
62
THE NATURE OF FAMILY
64
POWER DYNAMICS
66
CULTURAL RELEVANCY
67
CHILDRENS PARTICIPATION AND RIGHTS
68
RESOURCING ISSUES
70
Visionary Professional Practice
75
THE PARTICIPATORY APPROACH
77

The New Zealand Experience
17
HOW THE ACT WORKS IN PRACTICE
21
THE FAMILY GROUP CONFERENCE
23
THE PRACTICE OF FAMILY GROUP CONFERENCING
27
Indigenous Influences in Child Protection
35
INDIGENOUS PROCESSES IN MODERN NEW ZEALAND PRACTICE
39
CROSSCULTURAL PARTNERSHIPS IN CANADA
41
INDIGENOUS PROCESSES IN MODERN CANADIAN PRACTICE
43
International Developments
49
FAMILY PARTICIPATION IN THE UNITED STATES
50
PARTNERSHIP AND FAMILY DECISIONMAKING IN THE UNITED KINGDOM
52
THE CANADIAN EXPERIENCE
55
AUSTRALIAN ADAPTATIONS
58
Emerging Complexities of Family DecisionMaking Practice
61
Harnessing Strengths Achieving Partnerships Operationalizing EPPs Central Requirements
85
EPP PRELIMINARY PHASE
87
EPP PARTICIPATORY PHASE
93
EPP REVIEWFOLLOWUP PHASE
96
EPP ACHIEVEMENT INDICATORS
100
Effective Participatory Practice in Action
103
THE CRAIG FAMILY
104
THE MOHAMMAD FAMILY
113
COMMENTS
119
Conclusions
123
References
129
Author Index
135
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