Decision making tools and the development of expertise in child protection practitioners: Are we “just breeding workers who are good at ticking boxes”?

Gillingham, Philip (2011) Decision making tools and the development of expertise in child protection practitioners: Are we “just breeding workers who are good at ticking boxes”?. Child and Family Social Work, 16 4: 412-421. doi:10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00756.x

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Author Gillingham, Philip
Title Decision making tools and the development of expertise in child protection practitioners: Are we “just breeding workers who are good at ticking boxes”?
Journal name Child and Family Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-7500
1365-2206
Publication date 2011-11-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2011.00756.x
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 16
Issue 4
Start page 412
End page 421
Total pages 10
Place of publication Oxford, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Concern about the decision-making abilities of practitioners in child protection has led to the development and implementation of increasingly structured assessment tools, many based on forms of risk assessment. The positive and negative effects of such tools on practice have been widely researched and debated. This paper presents the findings from ethnographic research about the use of a particular set of decision-making tools that provide insights into how tools might affect the professional development of practitioners. The overall finding that the use of decision-making tools may impair professional development draws attention to the importance of the process of implementation, in particular how tools are regarded within an organization in relation to practitioner expertise.
Keyword Decision-making tools
Expertise
Training
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status Non-UQ

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