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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|
|Teaching period||Not offered in 2022, expected to be offered in 2024 (Distance learning)|
|Domestic Tuition Fees (NZD)||$2,415.75|
|International Tuition Fees||Tuition Fees for international students are elsewhere on this website.|
- SOWK 409
- Limited to
- PGDipSW, PGDipCCP, MSW
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- Teaching staff
Associate Professor; Emily Keddell
- Paper Structure
- 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
- Teaching Arrangements
There are two compulsory workshops for this paper - one at the start and one at the end of semester.
- Readings will be provided online. There is no set text.
- Graduate Attributes Emphasised
- Critical thinking, Ethics, Cultural understanding.
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- Learning Outcomes
Students who successfully complete the paper will
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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
- 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