Ecology of judgement in child welfare and protection

Report of a seminar entitled, The ecology of judgement in child welfare and protection. The event was held at the Univeristy of Stirling on the 19th October, 2010, and was part-funded by the Institute for Research and Innovation in Social Services (IRISS) and organised by the Scottish Child Care and Protection Network (SCCPN).

The aim of the event was to bring together practitioners, policy makers, managers and researchers to discuss some emerging ideas about the impact of context, environment and systems on decision making practice in child welfare and protection and to identify future points of action for policy, practice and research.

Speakers included Duncan Helm, Autumn Roesch-Marsh and Dr Sheila Fish, who gave presentations on different aspects of the ecology of judgement.

Presentations were followed by workshops with participants. The report details the feedback from the workshop discussions, which included: Individual judgement and decision making: barriers to child-focused analysis; Improving group decision making practice; and Multi-agency systems approach to serious case reviews.