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This paper focuses on the factors impacting on decision-making in child and family social work through a cross-national comparison. In doing so, the larger arena of the political and social contexts of both the United States and Northern Ireland are examined. For each of the countries we describe the historical and political context of child welfare, particularly the tension between child safety and family support, and how children’s rights are attended to and interpreted in each country. This discussion also examines the extent to which decision-making in each jurisdiction is influenced by constitutional imperatives, with particular reference to the US Constitution and the European Convention on Human Rights. From this general comparison we conclude with observations about child welfare decision-making within the national context and offer suggestions for further theoretical development in this area whilst also examining where the practices in each jurisdiction may benefit from review.
ASJC Scopus subject areas
- Social Sciences (miscellaneous)
- Sociology and Political Science
34th Global Social Work Congress of the International. Association of Schools of Social Work (IASSW). Durban, 20-24 July 2008.
Joe Duffy (Participant)
20 Jul 2008 → 24 Jul 2008
Activity: Participating in or organising an event types › Participation in conference
Duffy, J., & Collins, M. E. (2010). Macro impacts on caseworker decision-making in child welfare: a cross-national comparison. European Journal of Social Work, 13(1), 35-54. https://doi.org/10.1080/13691450903135618