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Underpinning knowledge for child care practice: reconsidering child development theory

Taylor, CP 2004, 'Underpinning knowledge for child care practice: reconsidering child development theory' , Child & Family Social Work, 9 (3) , pp. 225-235.

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Abstract

Child development theory has come to be regarded as essential underpinning knowledge for social work practice, a view reinforced by the current research-minded agenda. Practitioners are enjoined to acquire a more in-depth knowledge of child development but in this paper it is argued that this agenda requires more scrutiny if social workers are going to engage more meaningfully with the child development literature and use it in a critical and reflexive way in their practice. To this end some key messages drawn from critical approaches to developmental psychology, a literature to date largely unrecognized by social work, are examined for their relevance to practice.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Child development, critical approaches, developmental psychology, social work
Themes: Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > HQ The family. Marriage. Woman > HQ503 The family. Marriage. Home > HQ0767 Children. Child development
Subjects / Themes > H Social Sciences > H Social Sciences (General)
Subjects outside of the University Themes
Schools: Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care
Colleges and Schools > College of Health & Social Care > School of Nursing, Midwifery, Social Work & Social Sciences > Centre for Social Justice Research
Journal or Publication Title: Child & Family Social Work
Publisher: Blackwell Publishing
Refereed: Yes
ISSN: 13567500
Depositing User: H Kenna
Date Deposited: 14 Jan 2009 15:40
Last Modified: 20 Aug 2013 16:52
URI: http://usir.salford.ac.uk/id/eprint/1121

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