Developing critical social work in theory and in practice: child protection and communicative reason

Trevor Spratt, Stanley Houston

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Abstract

This paper argues that a critical analysis of the ideologies that inform contemporary child care has been missing from the ‘re-focusing debate’. Such an analysis points up the necessity of reasserting a critical social work position in order to provide a basis for reconstructing practice and engaging with other social actors and their ideologies in an open and creative fashion compatible with Habermas’ aspiration of ‘communicative reason’.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)315-324
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Volume4
Publication statusPublished - 1999

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