Social workers' perceptions of children's right to participation

Hanita Kosher*, Asher Ben-Arieh

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Recent years have witnessed a growing worldwide recognition for the need to incorporate children's right to participate into the child welfare system. Yet studies show that most children in the welfare system do not feel that they are listened to or that their opinions are taken into account. This paper presents findings from a study conducted among 151 Israeli social workers, examining their perceptions on children's participation. The study explored to what extent they implement this principle in their everyday practice and whether there is a relationship between their perceptions and their actions. The findings revealed that social workers tend to endorse a protective position with regard to children's participation and that they only partially implement children's right to participation in their daily practice.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)294-303
Number of pages10
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1 May 2020

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  • child care policy and practice
  • children's participation
  • children's rights
  • social work


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