12.00 – 12.30 Mary Maykind (University of Otago) and Margaret Finney (CYF): Differently-abled gender and sexuality. This research is looking at how social workers ‘see’ (or not see) differently-abled gender and sexuality? How can differently-abled people be supported to express their gender/sexual identity – and how comfortable are social workers in doing that?”
12.30 -1pm Emma Tumilty (Otago Polytechnic) When the numbers don’t add up: Health inequity and research practice in Aotearoa New Zealand Health equity is a complex goal and is influenced by healthcare policy, provision, research and social conditions. Evidence-based policy and provision depend on health research to provide “evidence” for decision-making. Current research does not inform policy and services adequately:
1) What theory of justice underpins our decision-making and is it the right one?
2) What evidence underpins our decision-making and it is appropriate?
3) What are the systems and structures in which evidence is generated and do these help or hinder the process.
By addressing why we should care and what form that care should take, refocusing what evidence is required, and outlining practical suggestions of what such reform would involve, this research provides a novel and comprehensive approach to improving health inequity in Aotearoa New Zealand from the bottom up – through the research that informs both policy and practice.
1 – 1.30pm Dr Emily Keddell (University of Otago): Understanding variability in decision outcomes in child welfare. This talk will outline a current research project that examines the common finding that decisions in regards to the same or similar cases can be variable at specific decision points in child welfare practice (across statutory and NGO settings). Too much variability represents a social justice issue, as children and families should be assured of as consistent approach as possible in service responses to child abuse and neglect. In its beginning stages, this talk will discuss project design and implementation issues where contributing factors are complex and many organisations are involved.
1.30 – 2pm Shayne Walker (University of Otago): Child rights/Community development principles: Key elements for a strengths-based child protection practice. Working from practice experiences, Social Work educators from Aotearoa/New Zealand, Norway and Western Australia have developed a framework for child welfare work . The framework brings together the Rights of the Child, Community Development and Child Protection.
The flyer can be viewed and downloaded here: DCRF 2015 June