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The sample consisted of 828 practitioners from four countries. Participants were presented with a vignette of a case of alleged child maltreatment and were asked to determine whether maltreatment was substantiated, assess risk and recommend an intervention using structured instruments. Participants’ child welfare attitudes were assessed.
The case characteristic of mother’s wish with regard to removal had no impact on judgments and decisions. In contrast, practitioners’ child welfare attitudes were associated with substantiation, risk assessments and recommendations. There were significant country differences on most measures.
The findings support most of the predictions derived from the JUDPIC model. The significant differences between practitioners from different countries underscore the importance of context in child protection decision making. Training should enhance practitioners’ awareness of the impact that their attitudes and the context in which they are embedded have on their judgments and decisions.
- Decision-making, assessment, professional judgment, protective services, comparative study, child abuse and neglect
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Public Administration
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In and Out of Home Care Decisions in Family and Child Care: The Influence of Confirmation Bias in Developing Decision Supportive Reasoning
David Hayes (Invited speaker)17 Nov 2016
Activity: Talk or presentation types › Invited talk
David Hayes (Contributor)02 Mar 2014 → 06 Mar 2014
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in workshop, seminar, course
- 81 Citations
- 1 Paper
Hayes, D. & Spratt, T., 2012.
Research output: Contribution to conference › Paper › peer-review