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Improving Equitable Outcomes in Child Protection: messages from inequalities and decision-making research

Seminar presented by Associate Professor Emily Keddell, Social and Community Work, University of Otago.

The seminar will be delivered via Zoom:

Please note the date change to Friday 10 July.


Variability in outcomes for children despite similar circumstances is a perennial problem in child protection. Where outcomes differ markedly, this raises important justice issues. Children who require protection may not get the intervention they need, while other families may be subject to too much state intrusion, breaching parent, whānau/iwi and child rights. Inequalities research shows the stark intersecting social gradients that shape differential chances of contact with the child protection system, and​ highlights the contributing levers of service supply and demand. Decision-making research draws attention to the contribution that institutional cultures, decision-making processes, and the ​conceptual worlds of practitioners make to outcome variability. This talk draws on recent research from Aotearoa to explore these two facets shaping divergent outcomes, and asks the question: how can inequities be remedied?

Date Friday, 10 July 2020
Time 11:00am - 12:00pm
Audience Public
Event Category Humanities
Event Type Open Seminar
DepartmentSocial and Community Work
LocationThe seminar will be delivered via Zoom.

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