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I'm a social work researcher in Aotearoa New Zealand

What’s your agenda? Reflective supervision in community-based child welfare services in Aotearoa

Matt Rankine A new article by Matt Rankine reports on findings of a qualitative research project exploring supervision in non- statutory child welfare agencies in Aotearoa New Zealand. Matt notes that the contracting environment  of community-based child welfare services (CCW) in … Continue reading

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Harmful supervision

“Supervision is an important component of professional learning, growth, and development in the helping professions. It is at the heart of professional practice on a career-long basis for some professions and a significant element in education and internship for others. … Continue reading

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Decision –making variability in child welfare project: A research update

Emily Keddell and Ian Hyslop  Decision making in child protection practice is a complex process which can have significant implications for children and families in Aotearoa NZ. Emily Keddell and Ian Hyslop are currently engaged in a small mixed methods … Continue reading

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Questioning the uncritical acceptance of neuroscience in child and family policy and practice: A review of challenges to the current doxa

In January I asked  in my post on RSW Blog  ‘Brains, biology and tests for future burdenhood‘ Who hasn’t seen the brains? The luridly coloured images of two children’s brains, side by side. Presented as cast iron evidence of the … Continue reading

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To post or not to post? Perceptions of the use of a closed Facebook group as a networked public space

Neil Ballantyne, Simon Lowe, Liz Beddoe  The expansion of social media is associated with rapid growth in digital spaces for civic engagement and deliberative democratic discussion.  Yet while these networked public spaces offer many possibilities for engagement and interaction, the … Continue reading

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Engaging the social work profession in the transnational professional space.

Originally posted on Crossing Borders : Migrant Professionals:
Allen Bartley, Liz Beddoe and Shajimon Peter This study is an Aotearoa New Zealand-wide participatory action research project involving all the significant stakeholders in the social work profession to develop an agreed-upon set…

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Supervision in social work in Aotearoa New Zealand: Challenges in changing contexts

Liz Beddoe  The major supervision journal The Clinical Supervisor has just started a new series, which will run over several years: Global developments in clinical supervision, see here for the Call for Papers. The series, “Global Developments in Clinical Supervision,” will … Continue reading

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Solidarity and support: Feminist memory work focus groups with working-class women studying social science degrees in Australia.

Dee Michell, Liz Beddoe, Heather Fraser and Michele Jarldorn  We have just published a  new article reporting on our use of a two-phase, feminist memory work  study in a project conducted with 11 women, social science students at an Australian university. … Continue reading

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Understanding decision-making variability in child welfare – a current research project

Emily Keddell and Ian Hyslop  Decision-making across the spectrum of child welfare services is to say the least, complicated. Studies time and again find that decisions to refer to statutory services, to accept notifications, to substantiate them, and to proceed … Continue reading

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