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dc.contributor.authorKeddell, Emily
dc.identifier.citationKeddell, 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.12168en
dc.description.abstractExamining 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.publisherJohn Wiley & Sons Ltden_NZ
dc.relation.ispartofChild and Family Social Worken_NZ
dc.rightsAttribution 4.0 International*
dc.subjectchild protectionen_NZ
dc.subjectfamily presentationen_NZ
dc.subjectchild abuseen_NZ
dc.titleWeighing it up: family maintenance discourses in NGO child protection decision-making in Aotearoa/New Zealanden_NZ
dc.typeJournal Articleen_NZ
otago.schoolSociology, Gender and Social Worken_NZ
otago.openaccessAbstract Onlyen_NZ
dc.rights.statement© 2014 John Wiley & Sons Ltden_NZ
dc.description.refereedPeer Revieweden_NZ
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