Stanfield, Deborah (2019) Abstract The novelty of social media provides a “wide open” space for social work research. Multiple questions are accumulating about practice relevance, professionalism, technical and ethical competence. Social work ethicist, Frederic Reamer (2017), describes the advent of social media as warranting our “explicit and sustained attention,” and depicts the task ahead as “the newest frontier in social […]» Read more
This research examines portrayals of child protection social workers in New Zealand news reporting and explores how child protection social workers are perceived by their colleagues in the children’s workforce. The research set out not only to assess perceptions, but also to gain insight into how they are formed and to consider their implications. To this end, the research also examined children’s professionals’ perceptions of news coverage and sought to better understand the factors that influence professionals’ attitudes towards child protection social workers. Finally, professionals from the children’s workforce were asked how helpful they believed referrals to child protection social workers would be for a range of problems.» Read more
O’Donoghue, K. Wong Yuh Ju, Peace. Tsui, Ming-Sum. (2017) Taylor & Francis Online, pp348-358. This article aims to pragmatically construct an evidence-informed model of social work supervision from the research findings from social work supervision research. The proposed evidence-informed model consists of five key areas, namely, the construction of social work supervision, supervision of the practitioner, the supervision alliance, the interactional […]» Read more
What does Sonny Bill Williams and Social Work have in Common? A Collision Zone. by Ange (Andrea) Watson It was a typically wild, wet and windy Wellington night on 1st July 2017 when the British Irish Lions roared to a 24-21 victory over our mighty All Blacks. Sam Warburton, the Lion’s captain, accredited their triumph that night to winning the […]» Read more
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.
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.
Keddell, E. (2016).. Policy Quarterly, 12, 2 – 16
In the last few years, predictive risk modelling has been suggested for use in the child welfare environment as an efficient means of targeting preventive resources and improving practitioner decision-making.