Processes of Discernment when Considering Issues of Neglect in Child Protection Practice

Hoskins, Marie L.; White, Jennifer
February 2010
Child & Youth Care Forum;Feb2010, Vol. 39 Issue 1, p27
Academic Journal
The researchers describe a study conducted to explore how child protection practitioners negotiate their way through ambiguous and contradictory evidence when working with families under a suspicion of neglect. In depth interviews were conducted in order to understand the processes of discernment that practitioners used to determine how to proceed. Through our practitioners' practice narratives, we provide a glimpse into the complex relationship between discernment, identity and contexts where neglect is a concern. Implications for training, education, and practice are included.


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