Just get your head down and get on with the job’: Barriers to knowledge acquisition and utilisation in child welfare decisions: a qualitative study

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Abstract

Permanency decisions in child welfare are recognised as being challenging.
Nevertheless, society and the profession expect that professional judgements should
be of the highest quality, consistent, reliable, fully justified and informed by evidence
of what works, particularly where decisions are potentially life-changing. However,
barriers to knowledge acquisition and utilisation exist, preventing practitioners from
gaining the full range of knowledge they require, leading to permanency decisions
being interventionist and protectionist in orientation (author, 2020). Think-aloud
protocols and semi-structured interviews, in conjunction with a vignette, were used with
social workers (N=17) in statutory services to explore barriers to knowledge acquisition
and utilisation in permanency decisions for children in state care.
Original languageEnglish
JournalJournal of Social Work
Publication statusAccepted/In press - 21 Aug 2020

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