Documenting a Well-Planned and Effective Client Process in Child Welfare

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Child welfare practice in Finland has been blamed for being not enough target-oriented and poorly documented. In the article the client documents written in child welfare practice are read as practitioners’ argumentative tools with practical goals and consequences. The client-related plans are for example increasingly used as a proof of an effective child welfare. It is analysed how the client-related plans are constructed and what kind of textual devices are used when argumenting for a progressive client process. The analysis shows how the support plan is constructed as a process with distinguished elements: defining the eligible client, assessing grounds for extending or terminating the period in supported housing and arguing for positive changes. The analysis gives a concrete insight to the textual devices used when child welfare clienthood is constructed as a goal-directed process.

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... Aikaisemmissa tutkimuksissamme olemme perehtyneet ammattilaisten ja asiakkaiden kohtaamisiin muun muassa etiikan, sosiaalisten ongelmien sekä vaikuttavuus-ja suunnittelupuheen näkökulmista (Raitakari & Günther 2008;Juhila, Hall & Raitakari 2010;Saario & Raitakari 2010;Raitakari & Juhila 2011). Anna Kulmala (2006) käsittelee väitöskirjassaan mielenterveyskuntoutujien kirjoituksissa esiintyviä toiseuden ja leimautumisen kokemuksia. ...
... Depending on institutional contexts, these plans can be named care or activation plans, or as rehabilitation plans as is the case in a supported housing unit. (Günther and Raitakari, 2008.) TAKEN-FOR-GRANTED AND ALTERNATIVE DISCOURSES OF TIME Change work emphasising future orientation is such a taken-for-granted assumption in social work that it can be called as a received idea difficult to criticise or call into question (Rojek et al., 1988). ...
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This article explores how discourses of time are produced and negotiated in professional client interaction when making mental health rehabilitation plans. The discourse of linear time is dominant in interaction and shared by both participants to create joint future talk. However, the clients might challenge the dominant time talk by using the discourse of the time of mindful body (Fahlgren, 2009), resulting in clashing time talk. The discourses of time are linked with identity categorisation and with the criteria of ‘good’ and ‘bad’ professional work and clienthood. The analysis demonstrates the relevancy and consequentiality of time talk in professional client interaction.
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