There is increasing pressure to involve children and young people in the decisions that affect them. Presenting new research on the extent to which parents and children participate in decision making when childcare social workers are involved, particularly in child protection conferences and Child in Care reviews, Diaz argues for a radical shift in existing practices.
Including a range of perspectives from children and young people, parents, social workers, independent reviewing officers and senior managers, this book provides refreshing guidance on how social workers can work better with children and parents to ensure that they participate more effectively in decision making processes and improve outcomes for all.
“This is an authoritative text on children’s participation in child protection. The findings offer valuable lessons and show an urgent need to develop ways to better involve children and their families.” Justin Rogers, University of Bath
Clive Diaz is a Lecturer in Social Work at Cardiff University.
Children’s and Parents’ Participation: Current Thinking ~ Clive Diaz and Lorna Stabler
How Parents and Children View the System
Young People’s Perspectives
Young People’s Participation: Views from Social Workers and IROs
Senior Managers’ Perspectives
When it Goes Wrong
Summary and Conclusion