(2012). Trust relationships between children, social welfare professionals and the organizations of welfare.
In: Warming, Hanne ed.
Participation, Citizenship and Trust in Children's Lives.
Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, (In press).
The chapter considers the dynamic relations of trust between children and young people, welfare professionals and the institutions of welfare. It uses three levels of analysis including individual relationships between children and welfare professionals, the organizations and institutions of welfare and wider social cultural attitudes towards children. The narrative of trust within managerialist driven welfare organizations is explored to assess the way this impacts on the dynamics of trust between children and welfare professionals.
The analysis includes the dynamic interaction between the process of participation of individual children and young people in everyday governance as well as the relationship with institutions of welfare. The focus is on active ‘voice’ for children and young people and processes of participation and consultation within social welfare. The challenge is for individual professionals and institutions of child welfare to recognise the significance of the process and relations of trust within this often fraught and contested arena of social welfare work with children. The examination of the wider implications of societal attitudes towards children and youth bring us into the broader arena of human rights and social justice.
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