Child-Centred Social Work in India
Journeys and the Way Forward
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This book presents unique semi-autobiographical narratives by leading social work educators and practitioners in India who have done innovative work in the field of child-centred social work (CSW). The practitioners narrate their career journeys and contributions to research, policy, and practice in this field, discuss innovations, achievements and impact of the work done, and share reflections on the challenges faced, lessons learnt, and the way forward. The volume provides valuable insights into the indigenisation of CSW education and practice and offers suggestions towards developing effective CSW.
The authors draw attention towards the need for expansion of preventive service systems for children in the family, community, and school settings, as well as support to and replication of the innovative sociolegal service projects, in coordination with reforms in the justice system to ensure child rights, and human resource planning for child-centred social workers. They also propose promoting CSW education in institutions of social work education to strengthen linkages between theory, research, policy, and practice, and creating a national association for child-centred social workers to build synergy between social work practitioners and educators.
The book will be useful to policy makers, educators, students, and practitioners of social work, child development, and child rights. It will also be useful for CSW training institutions and counsellors in schools and government and voluntary organisations.
Table of Contents
Part 1: Career Journeys and Reflections on Child-Centred Social Work
1. Career Journey and Reflections on Child-Centred Social Work
2. Protecting Child Rights through Family-based Services
3. An Academician’s Journey and Reflections on Child-Centred Social Work
4. Lighted to Lighten – A Journey in Child-Centred Social Work
5. Working with Children on the Margins: Trajectory of a Social Work Practitioner
6. Sharing My Journey in Child-Centred Social Work
7. Child-Centred Social Work to Combat Intergenerational Commercial Sexual Exploitation
8. Social Work and Restorative Justice
9. Integrating Child-Centred Social Work Education And Practice
10. Journey in Child-Centered Social Work Without Borders
11. Research for Strengthening Child-Centred Social Work
12. Social Work on Child Rights: My Journey, Challenges, and Vision
13. A Social Worker's Quest for Justice for Children
14. My Passionate Journey as a Child-Centred Social Worker
Part 2: Overview and Way Forward for Child-Centred Social Work
15. Overview and Way Forward for Child-Centred Social Work Practice
Murli Desai, Arlene Manoharan, Nilima Mehta, and Archana Mehendale
16. Overview and Way Forward for Child-Centred Social Work Education
Murli Desai, Archana Mehendale, Arlene Manoharan, and Nilima Mehta
Murli Desai holds a master’s degree in social work from Tata Institute of Social Sciences (TISS), Mumbai, India and a doctoral degree in social work from Washington University in St. Louis, USA. She worked as a Professor at TISS for the major part of her career where she headed the Unit for Family Studies and then Social Work Education and Practice Cell. Subsequently, she also worked at the Departments of Social Work at the National University of Singapore, and the Seoul National University.
Nilima Mehta obtained her bachelor’s and master’s degrees in social work from College of Social Work, Nirmala Niketan, and a doctoral degree in Sociology from the SNDT Women’s University, Mumbai, India. As a child protection expert, she has been associated with several civil society organisations and the government for policy development, and has been a Visiting Professor at schools of social work. She was the first Chairperson of the Child Welfare Committee, Mumbai.