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Improving the Care Order Decision-Making Processes

Marit Skivenes and Milfrid Tonheim have published an article on “Improving the Care Order Decision-Making Processes: Viewpoints of Child Welfare Workers in Four Countries” in Human Service Organizations.

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Abstract

This paper reports on what factors 634 child welfare workers from England, Finland, Norway, and the United States deem necessary to improve decision-making in care order proceedings. The clear picture drawn from our findings, based on data from all four countries, is that child welfare workers, to a large extent, see possibilities for improving decision-making by changing internal organizational factors and by boosting agencies’ human and financial resources. More frequent and better in-home services and collaboration with external professionals are perceived to be much less crucial in improving decisions.

The article can be found here.