Pat Schene

Document Type

Positive Systems of Child and Family Welfare International Conference (2002)

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Faculty of Social Work


This paper will discuss reasons to move in the direction of partnerships for child and family services. As well, strategies for developing less adversarial responses in child protection will be examined. A number of efforts to build partnerships for child protective services have taken place in several US communities, and specific examples of these attempts will be discussed. Given the ideal of partnerships, the paper will attempt to understand the role of the formal child welfare agencies in partnership with families and communities. Finally, lessons learned from these partnerships will be addressed and challenges to sustaining broader-based approaches to child protection will be examined.