Journal Articles

Please find below a list of journal articles,we have identified, relating to our programme of work.

  • Creating space for children and young people’s engagement in international conferences

    Laura Helen Virginia Wright : THE INTERNATIONAL JOURNAL OF HUMAN RIGHTS, 2017 VOL. 21, NO. 1, 47–58

    Globally, never before has there been such formal support of children’s and young people’s meaningful participation, nor has there been so many attempts to make it a reality. Despite support, institutional structures and adult decision makers have not been able to engage in a paradigm shift and to involve children meaningfully, effectively and sustainably. Children’s participation in their own protection can improve these protection efforts through clarifying children’s specific needs and collaboratively finding solutions. This article will use the 2015 Facilitating International Child Participation in Child Protection Conference to explore critical issues at the intersection between children’s participation and child protection and the role of interconnectedness and collaboration between children and adults within and across sectors to identify opportunities for children and young people to be engaged as partners in international conferences and meetings. The scholars, practitioners, policymakers and young people from diverse disciplines and sectors identified current ethical, legal, political and practical tensions and priorities affecting the field. The author posits that learnings and action points from the conference can act as a pivotal leverage point to build a continuous exchange between children and adults on the development of policies, programmes and measures in relevant contexts. The article will conclude with recommendations for future conferences and continuous collaboration between children and adults in international forums.

  • Cassidy, A., Devaney. C., McGregor, C., Landy, F. (2016) Interfacing informal and formal help systems: Historical pathways to the Meitheal model. Administration. Volume 64, Issue 2, Pages 137–155

    Meitheal is a national practice model which aims to ensure that the needs and strengths of children and their families are effectively identified, understood and responded to in a timely manner. The aim of this article is to consider some of the notable learning from the historical background and context in the development of children and family services. The discussion draws together four interrelated themes: the interaction between the voluntary and statutory systems, the interface of family and child oriented services, balancing formal and informal responses to child welfare, and early intervention and prevention services. The complexity of this endeavour is emphasised through identifying the core considerations required at the levels of Bronfenbrenner’s ecological model. The article concludes with a commentary on how the future of child welfare in Ireland may be influenced through this attempt at a reorientation of children and family services towards early intervention, prevention, partnership and participation.

  • Berry, M., Brandon, M., Chaskin, R., Fernandez E., Grietens, H., Lightburn, A., McNamara, P.M., Munford, R., Palacio-Quintin, E., Sanders J., Warren-Adamson, C. & Zeira, A. (2006) ‘Identifying sensitive outcomes of interventions in community based centres’, International Journal of Child & Family Welfare, 1-2, 2-10.

    This article provides an introductory overview of international collaborations exploring the experiences and methodological challenges to understand proximal or sensitive outcomes that will lead to long term outcomes in the context of community and family based centres that target to achieve positive outcomes and reduce negative ones in the area of child well-being.
  • Brandon M. (2006) ‘Confident workers, confident families: Exploring sensitive outcomes in family centre work in England’, International Journal of Child & Family Welfare, 1-2, 36-78.

    This article reports on a case study evaluation of an English Family Centre, it is focused specifically on the creation of ‘culture of care’ which enhanced a sense of confidence and competence in both families and workers. This ‘culture of care’ also had an impact on external teams and individuals that are in contact with the service agency. This provides a different perspective on child and family services, beyond defensive, bureaucratic and procedurally led practice only.
  • Dillon, J., Greenop, D. and Hills, M. (2016) 'Participation in child protection: A small-scale qualitative study', Qualitative Social Work, 15(1), 70-85.

    This small-scale qualitative study explores how children participate in their own child protection/child in need planning within a statutory setting in England. Their experience of participation and the impact that voicing their wishes and feelings had on outcomes are highlighted and discussed against a background of conflicting discourses of statutory safeguarding and empowering participation, barriers to engagement and hearing the child’s voice.
  •  Churchill, H. & Fawcett, B. (2016). Refocusing on early intervention and Family Support: A review of child welfare reforms in New South Wales, Australia. Social Policy and Society, 15(2), 303-316.

    This article reports on child welfare transformation process in New South Wales which has many similarities to the current transformations in the Irish child welfare system with the introduction of TUSLA and in particular the development of a specific Parenting, Prevention and Family Support Programme (PPFS).