Date of Award
Open Access Thesis
Master of Social Work (MSW)
This historical analysis seeks to inform current
debate in child welfare practice through analysis of the
development of child protection work in the United States
during the Progressive Era. Analysis of case records and
social work debate suggests a shift occurred in the
intervention strategy used by social workers in their
approach to child protective work. Social workers shifted
from a social control model to a casework intervention
strategy in protective work. Case records from the
Children's Protective Society of Hennepin County in the
1920s depict a combination of both intervention strategies
being utilized simultaneously.
Goldfarb, Michael J., "Emerging Trends in Child Protective Work During the Progressive Era 1909-1929: Local Experience in a National Context" (1998). Theses and Graduate Projects. 736.