Journal of Sociology & Social Welfare

Journal furnishing social scientific analysis to understand problems of social policy, politics, and welfare.

Articles from Vol. 31, No. 1, March

Achieving Justice in Child Protection
As formal systems for the protection of children have evolved in this country, certain barriers to achieving justice within the child protection system have emerged concomitantly. Specifically, these barriers involve ambiguous definitions of abuse...
Families and the Republic
Restorative and responsive justice can be a strategy of social work practice that builds democracy bottom-up by seeing families as building blocks of democracy and fonts of democratic sentiment. At the same time, because families are sites of the worst...
Family Group Conferencing in Child Welfare: Responsive and Regulatory Interfaces
A regulatory approach compels the child welfare worker to make decisions according to set procedures and prevents responding flexibly to families. Differential response is a way that child welfare is departing from legal formalism. One means is convening...
Family Involvement Interventions in Child Protection: Learning from Contextual Integrated Strategies
The use of family group conferencing and related family involvement interventions in child protection is rapidly increasing in the United States and many other countries. There is some concern that the child welfare field will travel down the same...
Managing Social Conflict-The Evolution of a Practical Theory
This article describes the co-evolution of a process and a theory. Through the 1990s, the process known as "conferencing" moved beyond child welfare and youth justice, to applications in schools, neighbourhoods, and workplaces. In each of these applications,...
Moving beyond the Criminal Justice Paradigm: A Radical Restorative Justice Approach to Intimate Abuse
This article traces the history of the development of the treatment of domestic violence as a crime in the United States and the conceptual and practical limitations of this approach in addressing this important social issue. An extensive body of research...
Responsive Regulation in Child Welfare: Systemic Challenges to Mainstreaming the Family Group Conference
The purpose of this article is to examine the challenges inherent in transforming child welfare services. We apply Braithwaite's model of responsive regulation to the restorative practice of family group conferencing in child welfare. Shifting the...
Restorative Justice, Responsive Regulation, and Democratic Governance
Restorative justice has been a central tradition of justice in most, perhaps all societies prior to the emergence of the modern, central state power with its bureaucratic-professional systems and its emphasis on retribution, deterrence, and, sometimes,...
Restorative Justice, Responsive Regulation and Social Work
Two of the dichotomies or tensions at the heart of this profession are especially important for the themes of this special issue on restorative justice and responsive regulation. These are the relation between formal and informal helping and between...
Sharing Power with the People: Family Group Conferencing as a Democratic Experiment (1)
Can family group conferencing be leveraged to promote the democratic ideals of voice, freedom, justice, fairness, equality, and respect, and provide the citizenry with the opportunity to build a more just and civil society? This article reviews family...
Working Together to Stop Domestic Violence: State-Community Partnerships and the Changing Meaning of Public and Private
The increasing reliance in the United States on state-community partnerships to address social problems represents both new opportunities and new dangers. This article presents examples of both possibilities through a consideration of contemporary...
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