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Moving Towards Emancipatory Practice: Conditions for Meaningful Youth Empowerment in Child Welfare


Moving Towards Emancipatory Practice: Conditions for Meaningful Youth Empowerment in Child Welfare

Dupuis, Jennifer and Mann-Feder, Varda (2013) Moving Towards Emancipatory Practice: Conditions for Meaningful Youth Empowerment in Child Welfare. International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies, 4 (3). pp. 371-380. ISSN ISSN (online) 1920-7298

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What are conditions that facilitate the development of youth voice in child welfare? This article will build on current literature that emphasizes the critical importance of treating youth in the care of the public system as valued resources and agents of change in their own lives who can contribute to effective service delivery. A focus will be on comparing principles of youth empowerment and the general purpose of child welfare systems in Canada and the United States. Challenges to the implementation of this model will be highlighted and recommendations to facilitate its execution at the individual, organizational, and policy development levels of our youth serving agencies will be made.

Divisions:Concordia University > Faculty of Arts and Science > Applied Human Sciences
Concordia University > Research Units > Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
Item Type:Article
Authors:Dupuis, Jennifer and Mann-Feder, Varda
Journal or Publication:International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies
Date:July 2013
  • Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada
  • Centre for Human Relations and Community Studies
  • Department of Applied Human Sciences, Concordia University
  • Faculty of Arts and Sciences, Concordia University
Keywords:youth empowerment, child welfare, youth in care
ID Code:977456
Deposited On:22 Jul 2013 15:01
Last Modified:18 Jan 2018 17:44
Additional Information:This Special Issue of the International Journal of Child, Youth and Family Studies focuses on emancipatory approaches to youth engagement and emerges from a two-day workshop hosted by the Applied Human Sciences Department at Concordia University in Montreal, Quebec in June 2012. The workshop brought together youth, practitioners, and educators who work with youth in Australia, Finland, the United States, and Canada (including Montreal and other Canadian urban centres) in order to connect around promising practices.


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