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Participation and emotion: troubling encounters between children and social welfare professionals

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This paper explores the emotional aspects of participation within social welfare contexts. The focus is on individual professionals such as social workers and children’s rights workers and their articulation, management and negotiation of the emotional when working with children and young people. The institutions of welfare are also shown to be ambiguous in their approaches to participation. Lastly the dimensions of power that are enacted in relations between professionals and children reveal some of the complex dynamics in this fraught area of social welfare policy and practice.

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