Title

The place of social justice in strengths-based work

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Article

Publication details

Reimer, E & Nixon, D 2004, 'The place of social justice in strengths-based work', Children Australia, vol. 29, no. 2, pp. 14-19.

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Peer-Reviewed

Abstract

This paper attempts to unpack strengths-based practice in social welfare in order to reveal the location of social justice within such an approach. Firstly, this paper will briefly explore the origins of a strengths approach, including historical development of the approach, mentioning some specific practice theories. The paper will then investigate the concepts, using Jim Ife’s (1998) model of a social justice perspective in community development to achieve this. The two approaches will then be discussed in terms of how they should be used together to support not only positive casework, but effective social action, using the work of UnitingCare Burnside as examples.

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