Empowerment in child protection work: Values, practice and caveats

Sharon McCallum, Isaac Prilleltensky

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The purpose of this paper is to examine the employment of an empowerment framework in the context of child protection work. In order to explore this we offer a definition of empowerment that is based on its three key essential values: self-determination, collaboration and democratic participation, and distributive justice. Following an explanation of these values we identify possibilities and limitations for applying these principles in child protection practice. The discussion centres around necessary and sufficient conditions for the employment of empowerment guidelines, and dilemmas associated with their implementation. Finally, we reflect on the challenges of advancing an empowering agenda in child protection.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)40-50
Number of pages11
JournalChildren and Society
Issue number1
StatePublished - Apr 1996
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Health(social science)
  • Education
  • Life-span and Life-course Studies


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