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Soc. Sci. 2014, 3(4), 893-915; doi:10.3390/socsci3040893

Practicing from Theory: Thinking and Knowing to “Do” Child Protection Work

Social Work and Social Policy, University of Western Australia, 35 Stirling Highway, Crawley 6009, Australia
School of Social Services, Otago Polytechnic, Dunedin 9054, New Zealand
Department of Social Studies, University of Stavanger, Stavanger 4036, Norway
Department of Sociology, Gender and Social Work, University of Otago, Dunedin 9016, New Zealand
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Academic Editor: Nigel Parton
Received: 4 July 2014 / Revised: 18 October 2014 / Accepted: 21 October 2014 / Published: 13 November 2014
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Contemporary Developments in Child Protection)
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Child protection practice in much of the Western world is performed using some specific models with limited attention paid to the underpinning of informing worldviews, theories for practice (explanatory theories) and theories of practice (intervention theories). Over the past few years we have explored how child protection practice may be undertaken using a child rights perspective and community development principles and practices. From this we have developed a model which we here seek to support with worldviews, explanatory and intervention theories. We hope this theoretical framework answers some of the complexity found in the “wicked problem” of child abuse and provides guidance to the practice of protecting children. View Full-Text
Keywords: child protection; children’s rights; explanatory theory; models for practice; social work child protection; children’s rights; explanatory theory; models for practice; social work

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Young, S.; McKenzie, M.; Omre, C.; Schjelderup, L.; Walker, S. Practicing from Theory: Thinking and Knowing to “Do” Child Protection Work. Soc. Sci. 2014, 3, 893-915.

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