Critical theory as a framework for child welfare decision-making: Some possibilities

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Child welfare workers daily make difficult, high-risk decisions regarding the lives of children and families. This article critiques two predominant perspectives informing child welfare decision-making and proposes critical theory as an alternative framework. Specifically, critical theory as a framework for child welfare decision integrates the insight gained through practice experience with data gathered through empirically driven assessment tools. With this integration, critical theory also highlights the importance of deconstruction, critical thinking, and reflection when responding to the complex cases in child welfare.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)190-206
Number of pages17
JournalJournal of Public Child Welfare
Issue number2
StatePublished - Apr 2009


  • Child welfare
  • Critical theory
  • Decision-making

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Developmental and Educational Psychology
  • Sociology and Political Science


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