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Practitioner perspectives on the family risk evaluation tool : an aide to decision making or 'just another form to fill in'?

Gillingham, Phillip 2009, Practitioner perspectives on the family risk evaluation tool : an aide to decision making or 'just another form to fill in'?, Developing practice, no. 23, Autumn/Winter, pp. 46-54.

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Title Practitioner perspectives on the family risk evaluation tool : an aide to decision making or 'just another form to fill in'?
Author(s) Gillingham, Phillip
Journal name Developing practice
Issue number 23
Season Autumn/Winter
Start page 46
End page 54
Publisher ACWA (Association of Childrens Welfare Agencies Inc.)
Place of publication Haymarket, N.S.W.
Publication date 2009
ISSN 1445-6818
Keyword(s) family assessment
child welfare -- research -- Australia
child welfare -- Australia -- Queensland -- evaluation
Summary The findings of research that explored how child protection practitioners in Queensland used the Structured Decision Making (SDM) tools are presented, focusing on how the Family Risk Evaluation tool (FRET) was used in decision making. The main finding was that the FRET was not used to assist the decision making of practitioners and consequently was ineffective in targeting the children most in need of a service. For practitioners, it was 'just another form to fill in'. As suggested by the participants in this research, a better strategy than the implementation of the SDM tools to improve decision making is the development of practitioner expertise through higher education.
Language eng
Field of Research 160701
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2009, Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30019830

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