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NCJ Number: 163998 Find in a Library
Title: Child Protection Decision-Making
Journal: Child Abuse Review  Volume:5  Issue:2  Dated:(May 1996)  Pages:91-102
Author(s): N Kelly; J Milner
Date Published: 1996
Page Count: 12
Type: Report (Study/Research)
Format: Article
Language: English
Country: United Kingdom
Annotation: This study examined the effects of interagency collaboration on risk assessment in child protection practice regarding decisionmaking processes in child death inquiries.
Abstract: Universal features in risk assessment as identified in psychological literature were applied in this study, particularly the concepts of "groupthink," the "certainty effect," and "group polarization." The first stage of the research attempted to identify an appropriate psychological model for group decision processes, which was then applied to the decisions detailed in case conference minutes. Documentary analysis was chosen as a method of non-intrusive investigation. The authors advise that the three psychological processes outlined may not explain the entire decisionmaking sequence of case conference proceedings in child protection practice. One integrating model offers an explanation of high-risk decisionmaking and lists a sequence of stages and events that shows how decisionmaking processes unfold from the initial point of choice and commitment of resources (Whyte, 1989). How this model would have operated in a particular case is discussed. 26 references
Main Term(s): Juvenile victims
Index Term(s): Child abuse fatalities; Child abuse investigations; Child fatalities; Child protection services; Dangerousness; Decisionmaking; Interagency cooperation
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