Tag Archives: Child Welfare

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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Where to social work in a brave new neoliberal Aotearoa?

Ian Hyslop  Ian is a lecturer in Social Work in the School of Counselling , Human Services and Social Work  at the University of Auckland. Ian’s professional and research  interests are tied to a concern with the relationship between social work and … Continue reading

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Language and decisions in child welfare – what’s the connection?

Emily Keddell This blog post is a summary of a recently published article called: Constructing Parental Problems: The Function of Mental Illness Discourses in a Child Welfare Context (Keddell, 2015). The article reports on a sub section of my PhD … Continue reading

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Social Workers’ Practice Wisdom Towards Achieving Social Justice: A Case Study of the Home Children

Jay Marlowe  The history of children being deported from the United Kingdom to Australia, Canada, New Zealand and several other Commonwealth nations can be traced from the 1800s. These children were known as ‘home children’ and were forcibly relocated to … Continue reading

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Feral families webinar

Liz Beddoe On 1 December I gave a web seminar while  visiting the University of Stirling in Scotland on “Making a moral panic – ‘Feral families’, family violence and welfare reforms in New Zealand: Doing the work of the state?” Abstract:  … Continue reading

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A call for papers: “Child protection, the family and the state: Critical responses in neoliberal times”

The editorial function of the Aotearoa New Zealand Social Work journal will be carried out by a newly formed editorial collective. The foundation collective comprises Neil Ballantyne, Liz Beddoe,   Yvonne Crichton-Hill , Anaru Eketone, Ian Hyslop, Emily Keddell, Simon Lowe, Jane … Continue reading

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A surfeit of inexpert opinion and the legacy of failure to invest in social work?

Liz Beddoe On April 1 the Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley announced that an independent review, led by Paula Rebstock, would develop a business case for a “new operating model to modernise CYF, enhance its governance and assurance, and … Continue reading

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A week is a long time in Aotearoa NZ social work….

Liz Beddoe Just over a week ago a series of events happened that have led to some very frantic activity at Social Work Research in New Zealand. A visiting social work academic Kate Morris was here in Aotearoa New Zealand … Continue reading

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The CYF Review, the Commissioner for Children and the skills and expertise of social workers

Simon Lowe Following Anne Tolley’s (Minister of Social Development) announcement last week of the formation of an ‘independent expert panel’ to review Child, Youth and Family (CYF), there has been an avalanche of responses on social media. Having read and … Continue reading

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