RESILIENCE IN CHILD WELFARE: A SOCIAL WORK PERSPECTIVE

Dermot J. Hurley, Lisa Martin, Rhonda Hallberg

Abstract


This study explores the concept of resilience as it is applied in child welfare practice from the perspective of front line child protection workers (CPWs). Specifically it examines how CPWs understand the concept of resilience and how they see themselves nurturing resilience in children and families. The paper also explores how working with resilient clients helps foster resilience in CPWs through a process of vicarious or shared resilience. This study is part of a larger three-site study conducted in Canada, Ireland, and Argentina examining the concept of resilience within specific socio-cultural contexts of child protection practice.

Keywords


resilience, child protection, vicarious resilience

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International Journal of Child, Youth & Family Studies

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