Children’s Homes and Working With Families

Valentina Calcaterra

Abstract


The article presents the experience and considered reflection of social workers from the social cooperative La Casa davanti al sole, a non-profit organisation which has been managing children’s homes and has been providing support to vulnerable families in the north of Italy since 1987.

The daily work of social workers involved in the care of children and young people has raised questions regarding the ethical approach and definition of performance indicators in the areas of child protection and family support. What is the best way to care for a child who has been removed from his or her family? How can the most appropriate care for his or her particular situation be guaranteed? What is the best way to communicate with and relate to the family? These questions have always been at the centre of childcare and give rise to a continuous evaluation and analysis of the role of children’s homes in child protection. The methodological awareness presented in the paper is the result of over twenty years of working with children and their families.


Full Text:

PDF

References


Adams, R., Dominelli, L., & Payne, M. (Eds). (2009). Critical Practice in Social Work (2nd ed.). Palgrave Macmillan.

Aglietta, E., Bonaga, S., & Ferrone, D. (2010). “Eravamo come un’isola sperduta…”: l’affidamento narrato in prima persona. In A. R. Favretto & C. Bernardini (Eds.), Mi presti la tua famiglia? Per una cultura dell’affidamento eterofamiliare per minori (pp. 91-155). Milano: FrancoAngeli.

Bastianoni, P., & Taurino. (2009). Le comunità per minori. Roma: Carocci.

Bell, M. (2001). Il coinvolgimento della famiglia negli interventi per minori a rischio. Lavoro Sociale, 1(2), 176-187.

Belotti, V., Milani, P., Ius, M., Satta, C., & Serbati, S. (2012). Crescere fuori famiglia, Venezia: Osservatorio Regionale Politiche Sociali della Regione Veneto.

Bondioli, R., & Molinari, L. (2005). Minori in affido: perché?. Prospettive Sociali e Sanitarie, 7, 10-14.

Boylan, J., & Dalrymple, J. (2011). Advocacy, Social Justice and Children’s Rights. Practice: Social Work Action, 23(1), 19-30.

Boylan, J., & Dalrymple, J. (2009). Understanding Advocacy for Children and Young People. New York: Open University Press.

Boylan, J., & Dalrymple, J. (2013). Effective Advocacy in Social Work. London: Sage.

Buckley, H. (2003). Child Protection Work. Beyond the rhetoric. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Burgheim, T. (2002). The grief of birth parents whose children have been removed: Implications for practice in out of home care. Paper delivered at What works!? Evidence based practice in child and family services (Biennial Conference). Australian Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA). Sidney, 2-4 September.

Cameron, G., & Hoy, S. (2003). Stories of mothers and child welfare. Paper presented at the Finding A Fit Conference. Waterloo, Ontario, 27th August.

Carletti, V., & Pellegrini, M. (2011). Le famiglie affidatarie in rete. Indagine conoscitiva sull’esperienza della Comunità Murialdo in Trentino-Alto Adige. In P. Donati, F. Folgheraiter, & M. L. Raineri (Eds.), La tutela dei minori. Nuovi scenari relazionali (pp. 291-303). Trento: Erickson.

CRC Group. (2013). I diritti dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza in Italia. 6° Rapporto di aggiornamento sul monitoraggio della Convenzione sui diritti dell’infanzia e dell’adolescenza in Italia 2012-2013. [Online] Available: http://www.gruppocrc.net/IMG/pdf/6_rapporto_CRC.pdf (March 5, 2014)

Dalrymple, J. (2011). La voce dei minori: partecipazione e interventi di tutela. In P. Donati, F. Folgheraiter, & M. L. Raineri (Eds.), La tutela dei minori. Nuovi scenari relazionali (pp. 291-303). Trento: Erickson.

Dalrymple, J., & Burke, B. (2006). Anti-oppressive Practice. Social care and the Law. Open University Press.

Dominelli, L. (2002). Anti-oppressive Social Work: Theory and practice. London: Palgrave Macmillan.

Fernández, E. (1996). Significant Harm: Unraveling child protection decisions and substitute care careers of children. Aldreshot: Avebury

Folgheraiter, F. (1998). Teoria e metodologia del servizio sociale. Milano: FrancoAngeli.

Folgheraiter, F. (2004). Relational Social Work. Toward Networking and Societal Practice. London: Jessica Kingsley.

Folgheraiter, F. (2007). Relational Social Work: Principles and Practices. Social Policy and Society, 6(2), 265-274. http://dx.doi.org/10.1017/S1474746406003526

Folgheraiter, F. (2011). Fondamenti di metodologia relazionale. La logica sociale dell’aiuto. Trento: Erickson.

Folgheraiter, F. (2012). The Mystery of Social Work. Trento: Erickson.

Freymond, N. J. (2003). Mother’s everyday realities and child placement experiences, partnerships for children and families project. Wilfred Laurier University. Paper presented at the Finding A Fit Conference. Waterloo, Ontario, 27th August.

Gregorio, D., & Tomisich, M. (Eds.) (2007). Tra famiglia e servizi: nuove forme di accoglienza dei minori. Milano: FrancoAngeli.

Harries, M. (2008). The experience of parents and families of children and young people in care. Centre for vulnerable children and families. The University of Western Australia. [Online] Available: http://library.wnhs.health.wa.gov.au/Documents/63343_Exp%20of%20Parents_v3.pdf (March 5, 2014)

Illich, I., Zola, I., McKnight, J., Caplan, J., & Shaiken, H. (1977). Disabling Professions. London: Marion Boyars Publ. Ltd.

Kaneklin, C., & Orsenigo, A. (Eds.) (1992). Il lavoro di comunità. Modalità di lavoro con adolescenti in difficoltà. Roma: NIS.

Katz, A., Bender, E. (1976). The Strength in Us: Self-Help Groups in the Modern World. NY: Franklin-Watts. Cit. In A., Katz. Self-Help and Mutual Aid: An Emerging Social Movement?. Annual Review of Sociology, 7(1981), 129-155.

Ministero del Lavoro e delle Politiche Sociali. (2012). Bambine e bambini temporaneamente fuori dalla famiglia di origine. Affidamenti familiari e collocamenti in comunità al 31 dicembre 2010. Sintesi delle prime risultanze. Roma: Quaderni della ricerca sociale n. 19/2012.

Morris, K. (2007). Camden FGC Service, an Evaluation of Service Use and Outcomes, Camden.

Morris, K. (2012). Thinking family? The complexities for family engagement in care and protection. British Journal of Social Work, 2, 906-920. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr116

Moyers, S., Farmer, E., & Lipscombe, J. (2006). Contact with Family Members and its Impact on Adolescents and Their Foster Placements. British Journal of Social Work, 36, 541-559. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bch270

Patt, S. (2011). L’ascolto dell’esperienza di chi è stato affidato. Prospettive assistenziali, 175, 16-20.

Raineri, M. L. (2004). Il metodo di rete in pratica. Studi di caso nel servizio sociale. Trento: Erickson.

Raineri, M. L. (2011). Il valore delle conoscenze esperienziali. In P. Donati, F. Folgheraiter, & M. L. Raineri, (Eds.), La tutela dei Minori. Trento: Erickson, 2011.

Rossiter, A. (2011). Unsettled social work: The challenge of Levinas’ Ethics. British Journal of Social Work, 41(5), 980-995. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcr004

Scabini, E., & Cigoli, V. (2000). Il famigliare. Legami, simboli e transizioni. Milano: Raffaello Cortina.

Scabini, E., & Rossi, G. (Eds.) (2000). Dono e perdono nelle relazioni familiari e sociali. Milano: Vita e Pensiero.

Shofield, G., Moldestad, B., Hojer, I., Ward, E., Skilbred, D., Young, J., & Havik T. (2011). Managing loss and a threatened identity: experiences of parents of children growing up in foster care, the perspectives of their social workers and implications for practice. British Journal of Social Work, 41(1), 74-92. http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcq073

Steinberg, D. M. (1997). The Mutual-aid Approach to Working with Groups: Helping people help each other. Jason Aronson Inc.

Thomson, M., & Thorpe, R. (2003). Powerful partnership in social work: group work with parents of children in care. Australian Social Work, 57(1), 49-60.

Vis, S. A., Strandbu, A., Holtan, A., & Thomas, N. (2011). Participation and health – a research of child participation in planning and decision making. Child and Family Social Work, 16, 325-335. http://dx.doi.org/10.1111/j.1365-2206.2010.00743.x

Walker, J. (2011). The relevance of shame in child protection work. Journal of Social Work Practice. http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02650533.2011.560660




DOI: https://doi.org/10.5296/ijsw.v1i1.5092

Refbacks

  • There are currently no refbacks.


International Journal of Social Work  ISSN 2332-7278

Copyright © Macrothink Institute 

To make sure that you can receive messages from us, please add the 'macrothink.org' domains to your e-mail 'safe list'. If you do not receive e-mail in your 'inbox', please check your 'spam' or 'junk' folder.