Social Work and Child Well-Being

  • Sheila B. Kamerman
  • Shirley Gatenio-Gabel
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From its inception, the social work profession has been both committed to improving the well-being of children and to using an interdisciplinary approach. Social workers commonly practice in non-social work host institutions such as health, education, mental health and courts, reinforcing the importance of social workers to embrace a multidisciplinary approach. Social work practice today continues to be deeply concerned with children’s well-being. In this chapter we discuss three distinct strategies that are currently used in social work practice to improve the lives of children: child rights, social exclusion, and family policy. The strengths of each of these approaches to child well-being is considered as well as its implications for social work practice with children.


Social Work Social Exclusion Female Genital Mutilation Juvenile Justice System Family Policy 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Columbia University School of Social WorkNew YorkUSA
  2. 2.Graduate School of Social ServiceFordham UniversityNew YorkUSA

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