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Attributing Meaning to Findings in Social Work Research: Child Welfare Statistics Are Only Half the Story (Workshop 43)
Using research conducted in Northern Ireland on family support and child protective services, the presenters argue that the over reliance on statistical measurements of outputs of the child welfare system distorts policymaking and produces perverse effects. The current data collected is gathered for its ease of accessibility rather than its usefulness, and the data neither describes nor explains the complex processes underpinning child maltreatment or the services designed to support and protect children.
The Queens University
The School of Social Work
Belfast, N. Ireland
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