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Professional advocacy as a force for resistance in child welfare

Dalrymple, Jane


Jane Dalrymple


Dalrymple, J. (2003). Professional advocacy as a force for resistance in child welfare. British Journal of Social Work, 33(8), 1043-1062.

Journal Article Type Article
Publication Date Dec 1, 2003
Journal British Journal of Social Work
Print ISSN 0045-3102
Publisher Oxford University Press (OUP)
Peer Reviewed Peer Reviewed
Volume 33
Issue 8
Pages 1043-1062
Keywords child welfare, professionals, advocacy
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Additional Information Additional Information : This paper argues that the position of advocates are fixed in terms of adult-child relations. It analyses situations in which advocates who did not conform to dominant marginalising discourses could themselves become marginalised. It shows how the complexity of competing discourses has an impact on the validity of independent advocacy. The position taken in this paper is that rather than consider advocacy as enabling children and young people to develop and articulate voice, advocacy should be about enabling their 'coming to voice' which is a political action and act of resistance.