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The problem of participation in child protection conferences: An interactional analysis

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The problem of participation in child protection conferences : An interactional analysis. / Koprowska, Juliet Maria Louise.

In: International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, Vol. Special issue, 2017, No. 1-2, 2017, p. 105-122.

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Koprowska, JML 2017, 'The problem of participation in child protection conferences: An interactional analysis', International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, vol. Special issue, 2017, no. 1-2, pp. 105-122. <http://www.cyc-net.org/journals/ijcfw/ijcfw-17-1-2.html>

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Koprowska, J. M. L. (2017). The problem of participation in child protection conferences: An interactional analysis. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare, Special issue, 2017(1-2), 105-122. http://www.cyc-net.org/journals/ijcfw/ijcfw-17-1-2.html

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Koprowska JML. The problem of participation in child protection conferences: An interactional analysis. International Journal of Child and Family Welfare. 2017;Special issue, 2017(1-2):105-122.

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Koprowska, Juliet Maria Louise. / The problem of participation in child protection conferences : An interactional analysis. In: International Journal of Child and Family Welfare. 2017 ; Vol. Special issue, 2017, No. 1-2. pp. 105-122.

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