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Child participation in practice: a study of the planused in assessments and social workers attitude towards child participation in Michigan, USA

Johansson, Emma (2006)
School of Social Work
Abstract
This is a study of how children in the US can participate in the assessment that is connected to them. My purpose was to study how children´s voice and children´s participation were considered in childcare assessments and how social workers thought about the best interest of the child. This is mostly studied through the plans used to assess the treatment for the child.

My questions at issue were; what is the meaning of the concepts best interest of the child, child participation and the voice of the child. What is the legal support surrounding the plan? What is the purpose with the plan? How is the plan constructed regarding child participation? How do workers acknowledge the voice of the child? How can children participate? How are the... (More)
This is a study of how children in the US can participate in the assessment that is connected to them. My purpose was to study how children´s voice and children´s participation were considered in childcare assessments and how social workers thought about the best interest of the child. This is mostly studied through the plans used to assess the treatment for the child.

My questions at issue were; what is the meaning of the concepts best interest of the child, child participation and the voice of the child. What is the legal support surrounding the plan? What is the purpose with the plan? How is the plan constructed regarding child participation? How do workers acknowledge the voice of the child? How can children participate? How are the plan and the assessment connected with the best interest of the child? How does this plan support children´s participation and the contribution to strengthen the position of the child?

My results indicated that that many social workers involved the children in the assessment although the participation wasn´t well directed by law. This could lead to differences for different children depending on whom they meet. Some children may have had a big say about the plans and some may not have known that a plan for them existed. (Less)
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Johansson, Emma
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M2 - Bachelor Degree
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child participation in practice, barns delaktighet, Michigan child assessmentplans, socialt arbete i USA, Social changes, theory of social work, Sociala förändringar, teorier om socialt arbete
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English
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1328040
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2006-02-21
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2006-02-21
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  abstract     = {This is a study of how children in the US can participate in the assessment that is connected to them. My purpose was to study how children´s voice and children´s participation were considered in childcare assessments and how social workers thought about the best interest of the child. This is mostly studied through the plans used to assess the treatment for the child.

My questions at issue were; what is the meaning of the concepts best interest of the child, child participation and the voice of the child. What is the legal support surrounding the plan? What is the purpose with the plan? How is the plan constructed regarding child participation? How do workers acknowledge the voice of the child? How can children participate? How are the plan and the assessment connected with the best interest of the child? How does this plan support children´s participation and the contribution to strengthen the position of the child?

My results indicated that that many social workers involved the children in the assessment although the participation wasn´t well directed by law. This could lead to differences for different children depending on whom they meet. Some children may have had a big say about the plans and some may not have known that a plan for them existed.},
  author       = {Johansson, Emma},
  keyword      = {child participation in practice,barns delaktighet,Michigan child assessmentplans,socialt arbete i USA,Social changes, theory of social work,Sociala förändringar, teorier om socialt arbete},
  language     = {eng},
  note         = {Student Paper},
  title        = {Child participation in practice: a study of the planused in assessments and social workers attitude towards child participation in Michigan, USA},
  year         = {2006},
}