Children and Families' Involvement in Social Work Decision Making

Michael Gallagher, Mark Smith (Lead / Corresponding author), Mark Hardy, Heather Wilkinson

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    This review summarises the research literature on childrens and parents involvement in social work decision making, which is regarded, in policy terms, as increasingly important. In practice, however, it tends to be messy, difficult and compromised. Different individuals or groups may have different understandings of participation and related concepts, while differences of age and disability also mediate effective user engagement. The literature highlights common themes in effective participatory practice with both children and their parents. Central to this are the establishment of relationships of trust and respect, clear communication and information and appropriate support to participate.

    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)74-85
    Number of pages12
    JournalChildren & Society
    Issue number1
    Early online date21 Dec 2011
    Publication statusPublished - Jan 2012


    • children and families
    • Decision Making
    • participation
    • relationships
    • Social Work
    • user involvement


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