Collaborating with families in differential responses: practitioners' views

Healy, Karen, Harrison, Gai, Venables, Jemma and Bosly, Fiona (2014) Collaborating with families in differential responses: practitioners' views. Child and Family Social Work, 21 3: 1-11. doi:10.1111/cfs.12149

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Author Healy, Karen
Harrison, Gai
Venables, Jemma
Bosly, Fiona
Title Collaborating with families in differential responses: practitioners' views
Journal name Child and Family Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1356-7500
Publication date 2014-04-04
Year available 2014
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1111/cfs.12149
Open Access Status Not yet assessed
Volume 21
Issue 3
Start page 1
End page 11
Total pages 11
Place of publication Chichester, West Sussex, United Kingdom
Publisher Wiley-Blackwell Publishing
Language eng
Abstract Child protection authorities in many countries are concerned with reducing the rates of investigations and with diverting at-risk families from the child protection service system. In several countries, differential responses have been introduced into child protection law providing service providers with some choice between investigative or family support pathways, depending upon the level of risk posed in the circumstance. In this paper, we report on a study into a form of differential response known as Intervention with Parents' Agreement introduced in Queensland, Australia, in 2005. A unique feature of this differential response is that it occurs after an initial child protection investigation, although it does provide child protection services with options for providing supportive interventions to at-risk families to prevent the further escalation of concerns. In this paper, we analyse practitioners' perceptions of factors that inhibit and promote implementation of the Intervention with Parents' Agreement. Drawing upon interviews with 25 practitioners, we identify factors that become important for securing participation after an initial investigation has occurred. We discuss the implications for the development of differential responses in child protection service systems.
Keyword Child protection
Family support
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Grant ID LP110200423
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online 4 April 2014

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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