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SOWK509 Decision-making in Child Welfare

Critical examination, using the decision-making ecology framework, of macro, institutional and individual decision-maker influences on decision making in response to child abuse and neglect.

Decision making in the context of child welfare is complex. It is seldom straightforward and requires a broad range of knowledge, skills and reflective capacities. It relies not only on the individual practitioner, but is also shaped by institutional, cultural and macro contexts. This paper explores decision-making research, with a view to contributing to critical and thoughtful practitioners.

Paper title Decision-making in Child Welfare
Paper code SOWK509
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period Not offered in 2017
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,214.00
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,400.00

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Restriction
SOWK 409
Limited to
Limited to: PGDipSW, PGDipCCP, MSW
Teaching staff
Emily Keddell
Contact
emily.keddell@otago.ac.nz
Paper Structure
Modules:
  • Module one: Understanding the child welfare decision-making environment
  • Module two: Who is 'at risk'?
  • Module three: Individual factors impacting on decision making
  • Module four: Different approaches to decision making in response to risk
  • Module five: Risk, safety and harm
  • Module six: Ethical and moral aspects of decision making
Textbooks
Readings will be provided online. There is no set text.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Ethics, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  1. Be able to critically analyse the child welfare decision-making environment, recognising the legal, ethical, social, cultural and political dimensions shaping the parameters of decision making in this context
  2. Be able to identify institutional influences on judgement, including organisational cultures, feedback, groupthink, participatory decision-making processes, interprofessional decision making and the influence of the resource environment
  3. Understand the individual drivers of decision making, including values and beliefs, cultural differences, cognitive processes, and the situated, interpretive and dialogic nature of decision making
  4. Be able to describe differing approaches to decision making in the child welfare environment, specifically actuarial, professional discretion, safety-oriented and relationship-based practice approaches
  5. Be able to apply relevant research in the areas of risk, safety and harm, trauma, ethics, parental and child participation and parenting capacity to decision making

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Timetable

Not offered in 2017

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Critical examination, using the decision-making ecology framework, of macro, institutional and individual decision-maker influences on decision making in response to child abuse and neglect.

Decision making in the context of child welfare is complex. It is seldom straightforward and requires a broad range of knowledge, skills and reflective capacities. It relies not only on the individual practitioner, but is also shaped by institutional, cultural and macro contexts. This paper explores decision-making research, with a view to contributing to critical and thoughtful practitioners.

Paper title Decision-making in Child Welfare
Paper code SOWK509
Subject Social Work
EFTS 0.2500
Points 30 points
Teaching period(s) Second Semester, Second Semester
Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD) $2,258.25
International Tuition Fees (NZD) $6,528.00

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Restriction
SOWK 409
Limited to
Limited to: PGDipSW, PGDipCCP, MSW
Contact
emily.keddell@otago.ac.nz
Teaching staff
Emily Keddell
Paper Structure
Modules:
  • Module one: Understanding the child welfare decision-making environment
  • Module two: Who is 'at risk'?
  • Module three: Individual factors impacting on decision making
  • Module four: Different approaches to decision making in response to risk
  • Module five: Risk, safety and harm
  • Module six: Ethical and moral aspects of decision making
Textbooks
Readings will be provided online. There is no set text.
Graduate Attributes Emphasised
Critical thinking, Ethics, Cultural understanding.
View more information about Otago's graduate attributes.
Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
  1. Be able to critically analyse the child welfare decision-making environment, recognising the legal, ethical, social, cultural and political dimensions shaping the parameters of decision making in this context
  2. Be able to identify institutional influences on judgement, including organisational cultures, feedback, groupthink, participatory decision-making processes, interprofessional decision making and the influence of the resource environment
  3. Understand the individual drivers of decision making, including values and beliefs, cultural differences, cognitive processes, and the situated, interpretive and dialogic nature of decision making
  4. Be able to describe differing approaches to decision making in the child welfare environment, specifically actuarial, professional discretion, safety-oriented and relationship-based practice approaches
  5. Be able to apply relevant research in the areas of risk, safety and harm, trauma, ethics, parental and child participation and parenting capacity to decision making

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Timetable

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught through Distance Learning
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 09:00-16:50 28

Second Semester

Location
Dunedin
Teaching method
This paper is taught On Campus
Learning management system
Blackboard

Workshop

Stream Days Times Weeks
Attend
A1 Friday 09:00-16:50 28