Powerful partnerships in social work: group work with parents with children in care

Thomson, Jane, and Thorpe, Ros (2004) Powerful partnerships in social work: group work with parents with children in care. Australian Social Work, 57 (1). pp. 46-56.

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In this paper we describe and promote a model of groupwork with parents of children in care in operation in Townsville, a regional city in northern Australia, since 1989. We begin from the premise that parents have frequently been 'left out of the loop' as key players in child protection. This is despite the fact that it is parents' ability to afford protection that is at issue. The paper proceeds to discuss what is meant by empowerment in the context of a social work group work approach with parents. A model of group work is then presented. The paper concludes with discussion of the implications that this approach has for social work in child protection practice.

Item ID: 905
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1447-0748
Keywords: Empowerment, Group work, Natural parents
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Date Deposited: 19 Oct 2006
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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