Weighing it up: family maintenance discourses in NGO child protection decision-making in Aotearoa/New Zealand
|dc.identifier.citation||Keddell, E. (2014). Weighing it up: family maintenance discourses in NGO child protection decision-making in Aotearoa/New Zealand. Child and Family Social Work, 916–940. doi:10.1111/cfs.12168||en|
|dc.description.abstract||Examining the concepts underpinning the reasoning processes of social worker's decision-making provides important insights into how social work practice is undertaken. This paper examines one of the major discourses used by social workers in decision reasoning in a non-governmental organization child protection context in Aotearoa/New Zealand: family maintenance. This study found that family maintenance as a concept was strongly privileged by social workers. This resulted in attempts to preserve families and created a hierarchy of preferred decision outcomes. A preference for family maintenance was supported by legal, moral, psychological and Māori cultural concepts. This pattern of constructs underpinned the ‘weighing up of harms’ when considering removal, and generally reflected a child welfare orientation. In addition to this, it was found that ‘family’ was broadly defined, and could include people who had a relationship with the children, or Māori definitions of extended family, in addition to legal ones.||en_NZ|
|dc.publisher||John Wiley & Sons Ltd||en_NZ|
|dc.relation.ispartof||Child and Family Social Work||en_NZ|
|dc.rights||Attribution 4.0 International||*|
|dc.title||Weighing it up: family maintenance discourses in NGO child protection decision-making in Aotearoa/New Zealand||en_NZ|
|otago.school||Sociology, Gender and Social Work||en_NZ|
|dc.rights.statement||© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltd||en_NZ|
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