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Dr Emily Keddell

keddellBA MCApSc PGDipSocSc PhD (Otago)

Senior Lecturer in Social Work

Contact Details

Room 109, 280 Leith Walk
Phone 479 5867
Email emily.keddell@otago.ac.nz

Emily has a practice background in child protection social work, residential social work with children, family support social work, youth work and work with homeless people. She has taught at the University of Otago since 2005. Emily's research interests revolve around two main areas: child welfare (policy and practice) and multiple ethnicities. Emily is a Registered Social Worker, an associate member of Child Poverty Action Group, a founding member of the Re-Imagining Social Work blog collective, and a member of the Editorial Collective of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work Journal.

Teaching

I co-ordinate and teach:

SOWK 201 Fields of Practice
SOWK 302 Social Work for Children and Families: Analysis and Theory
SOWK 402 Social work for Children and Families: Advanced Practice
SOWK 490 Dissertation

I teach sections of:

SOWK 301 Theories and Methods of Social Work

Postgraduate Supervision

I welcome approaches for supervision in the following areas:

  1. Many areas of child and family social work including: policy and systems design in the child welfare context, inequalities and the child welfare system, poverty reduction policies in the tax/benefit system, the use of predictive data analytics, decision-making and judgement, critical approaches to risk and safety, reunification and family maintenance, multiple child removal, and ethics.
  2. How people construct ethnic identities from multiple options and negotiate these in their family and social contexts.

Current and recent students

Nathan Jaquiery PhD

Stabilising factors in permanent placements for children or young people in the caresystem

Sue Whyte MSW

Self-Efficacy in Parents of Adolescents: Does attendance and completion of ‘Tweens & Teens’ alter parental self-efficacy?

Adele Parkinson PhD

Adult and Child Clients’ Views of a COPMI* Family Support Service: A Mixed Methods Study

Monique Harvey MSW

“Baby Mama” The daily life of being a teenage parent

Monica Hannan MSW

The Impact of Notification to CYF on the NGO Client-Worker Relationship

Karlene Lee MSW

New Zealand Non Government Organisation Social Service Manager’s job satisfaction, job dissatisfaction and the implications for retention

Karen Service MSW

Women’s views of the Edinburgh Postnatal Depression Scale

Jan Young MSW

The Role of Mothers in Shared Care arrangements for children following relationship separation

Jude Buckingham MSP

Pre practicum service learning to enhance counsellor education

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Publications

Keddell, E. (2015). The ethics of predictive risk modelling in the Aotearoa/New Zealand child welfare context: Child abuse prevention or neo-liberal tool? Critical Social Policy, 35(1), 69-88. doi: 10.1177/0261018314543224

Keddell, E., & Stanley, T. (2015). Moving from risk to safety: Work with children and families in child welfare contexts. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 67-84). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Keddell, E. (2014). Theorising the signs of safety approach to child protection social work: Positioning, codes and power. Children & Youth Services Review, 47(1), 70-77. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.03.011

Keddell, E. (2014). Weighing it up: Family maintenance discourses in NGO child protection decision-making in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Child & Family Social Work. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12168

Keddell, E. (2014). Current debates on variability in child welfare decision-making: A selected literature review. Social Sciences, 3(4), 916-940. doi: 10.3390/socsci3040916

Chapter in Book - Research

Keddell, E., & Stanley, T. (2015). Moving from risk to safety: Work with children and families in child welfare contexts. In K. van Heugten & A. Gibbs (Eds.), Social work for sociologists: Theory and practice. (pp. 67-84). New York, NY: Palgrave Macmillan.

Keddell, E., & Pukepuke, T. (2014). Children witnessing parental violence: A social worker from Aotearoa/New Zealand responds [Case studies and analyses for the web: Invited response]. In J. E. Bettmann, G. Jacques & C. J. Frost (Eds.), International social work practice: Case studies from a global context. (pp. 5-7). Abingdon, UK: Routledge.

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Journal - Research Article

Keddell, E. (2015). The ethics of predictive risk modelling in the Aotearoa/New Zealand child welfare context: Child abuse prevention or neo-liberal tool? Critical Social Policy, 35(1), 69-88. doi: 10.1177/0261018314543224

Keddell, E. (2014). Theorising the signs of safety approach to child protection social work: Positioning, codes and power. Children & Youth Services Review, 47(1), 70-77. doi: 10.1016/j.childyouth.2014.03.011

Keddell, E. (2014). Weighing it up: Family maintenance discourses in NGO child protection decision-making in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Child & Family Social Work. doi: 10.1111/cfs.12168

Keddell, E. (2014). Current debates on variability in child welfare decision-making: A selected literature review. Social Sciences, 3(4), 916-940. doi: 10.3390/socsci3040916

Keddell, E. (2012). Going home: Managing ‘risk’ through relationship in returning children from foster care to their families of origin. Qualitative Social Work, 11(6), 604-620. doi: 10.1177/1473325011411010

Keddell, E. (2011). A constructionist approach to the use of arts-based materials in social work education: Making connections between art and life. Journal of Teaching in Social Work, 31(4), 400-414. doi: 10.1080/08841233.2011.597678

Keddell, E. (2011). Reasoning processes in child protection decision making: Negotiating moral minefields and risky relationships. British Journal of Social Work, 41(7), 1251-1270. doi: 10.1093/bjsw/bcr012

Keddell, E. (2009). Narrative as identity: Postmodernism, multiple ethnicities, and narrative practice approaches in social work. Journal of Ethnic & Cultural Diversity in Social Work, 18, 221-241.

Keddell, E. (2007). Cultural identity and the Children, Young Persons, and Their Families Act 1989: Ideology, policy and practice. Social Policy Journal of New Zealand, 32, 49-71.

Keddell, E. (2006). Pavlova and pineapple pie: Selected identity influences on Samoan-Pakeha people in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Kōtuitui, 1(1), 45-63. doi: 10.1080/1177083X.2006.9522410

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Journal - Research Other

Keddell, E. (2013). Why do Pacific people with multiple ethnic affiliations have poorer subjective wellbeing? Negative ingroup affect mediates the identity tension effect, Manuela & Sibley, 2012. Social Indicators Research, (December). doi: 10.1007/s11205-013-0548-8

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Journal - Professional & Other Non-Research Articles

Keddell, E. (2014). Miranda's got the right word for it: Obfuscatory. New Zealand Herald, (28 March).

Keddell, E. (2013). When carrots are actually sticks. New Zealand Herald, (8 November).

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Conference Contribution - Verbal presentation and other Conference outputs

Keddell, E. (2013, October). Early intervention, predictive risk modelling and the White Paper for Vulnerable Children: Some ethical considerations. Verbal presentation at the Children in Crisis Conference, Hamilton, New Zealand.

Keddell, E. (2011, May). Bernstein's codes in child protection social work: Analysing discourse, power and relationships. Verbal presentation at the Seventh International Qualitative Inquiry Congress, Urbana-Champaign, IL.

Keddell, E. (2010, March). Joint action: Constituting identities between the survey and the person. Invited presentation at the Victoria University Institute of Policy Studies Inter-disciplinary Workshop on Ethnic Identity, Identification and Change, Wellington, New Zealand.

Keddell, E. (2009, November). Child protection decision-making: Negotiating meanings and outcomes. Verbal presentation at the 20th Asia Pacific Social Work Conference, Auckland, New Zealand.

Keddell, E. (2009, November). Relationship-building as prevention: Helpful constructions of meaning in the child protection decision-making process. Verbal presentation at the 8th Asia Pacific Regional Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (APCCAN), Perth, Australia.

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Working Paper; Discussion Paper; Technical Report

Keddell, E., Richards, K., & Mikaele, T. (2011). Homebased family support service evaluation. Anglican Family Care Dunedin. Dunedin, New Zealand: University of Otago. 38p.

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Other Research Output

Keddell, E. (2013, June). Evaluating risk: What the research can and can't tell us. Dunedin Family & Youth Courts Association, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Invited Seminar].

Keddell, E. (2012, November). Theorising the ethics of social work decision-making: Rocks and hard places. Continuing Professional Education presentation for the Aotearoa New Zealand Association of Social Workers (ANZASW), Dunedin, New Zealand. [Invited Seminar].

Keddell, E. (2011, September). Producing useful results: How the University of Otago and Anglican Family Care collaborated on the Family Support Service Evaluation research project. Dunedin Community Research Forum Presentation, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Research Presentation].

Keddell, E. (2009, December). Move over 'risk': Making space for safety in child protection services. Research Seminar at the University of Utah, College of Social Work, Salt Lake City, Utah. [Department Seminar].

Keddell, E. (2009, September). Multiple ethnicity as identity in Aotearoa/New Zealand: Politics, categories and resistance. Centre for Research on National Identity, University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand. [Department Seminar].

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Awarded Doctoral Degree

Keddell, E. (2013). Beyond care versus control: Decision-making discourses and their functions in child protection social work (PhD). University of Otago, Dunedin, New Zealand.

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