Tag Archives: Families

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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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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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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Not independent and not expert- so what is the agenda?

Liz Beddoe Last Wednesday the Minister of Social Development Anne Tolley announced the formation of an ‘independent expert panel’ to lead a ‘complete overhaul ‘ of Child, Youth and Family. This is the first of a series of posts by … Continue reading

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Feral families, troubled families: The spectre of the underclass in New Zealand

Liz Beddoe  Blame is a powerful weapon with which to empower political disengagement with causes and focus on characteristics of victims.  Stigma leads and intensifies the othering of people who are poor, side-stepping structural explanations of violence and neglect Since … Continue reading

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Making a moral panic—welfare reform, racism and ‘feral families’ in New Zealand: Doing the work of the state?

 Liz Beddoe In a comment on story NZ Herald, 6-3-13 an Auckland resident said: “A quarter of all Kiwi children are raised in families/whanau/fanau where cigarettes, alcohol, gambling and drugs come first. Three generations of state sponsored dysfunction has made … Continue reading

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Race, gender, class: The ‘bad mother’ and child abuse in media reporting

‘News’ is instantaneous in the information age. Interactive webpages for all forms of mass media and social networking mean that we can all co-produce ‘news’. The lines blur between journalism and ‘opinion’. Child deaths understandably become the focus of enormous … Continue reading

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