The Child Youth and Family Review: A commentary on prevention

Keddell, E. (2017). The Policy Observatory. Auckland, New Zealand: Auckland University of Technology. 35p.
In this report, social work academic Dr. Emily Keddell critiques one aspect of the recent child protection services reforms: the prevention of child abuse and neglect. She highlights the points of tension between the way that child abuse is defined throughout the review process, the details of the proposed reforms, and the design of child protection systems.

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Current debates on variability in child welfare decision-making: a selected literature review

Keddell, E. (2014) Social Sciences, 3 (1), 916–940. 
This article considers selected drivers of decision variability in child welfare decision-making and explores current debates in relation to these drivers. Covering the related influences of national orientation, risk and responsibility, inequality and poverty, evidence-based practice, constructions of abuse and its causes, domestic violence and cognitive processes, it discusses the literature in regards to how each of these influences decision variability.

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