Other Articles & Reports
Coroner's Report on the death of the Kahui Twins
2nd July 2012 written by Coroner Garry Evans read full report here
This report details the full findings of the death of the Kahui Twins (Chris and Cru) who died on the 18th June 2006 resulting in an outcry of the New Zealand public.
What Clients Would Prefer Not to Tell You About: a New Zealand Practice Experience With Marginalised Families
by Libby Robins and Dr Annabel Taylor,
This paper reports a project designed to retrospectively re-visit baseline data collection by the agency social workers to establish whether information that had been gathered during the intake and assessment process was accurate at the time.
28 mothers from the original outcome study who were still engaged with the service were re-interviewed by their social workers more than two years after their baseline interview on 16 questions taken from the interview to explore their recollection of their responses at that time. Results showed that a significant proportion of the mothers had provided inconsistent information at baseline in nine of the 16 questions (p = < 0.001; p = < .05).
Mothers were more likely not to disclose information on intimate partner violence and psychological abuse at baseline and possibly after establishment of the social worker/client relationship. Among the implications for agency practice are that information collection methods, will need to be reviewed to create optimum conditions for disclosure of sensitive information.
Continued assessment and support for clients will be necessary to encourage disclosure. Social workers will need to rely on their professional judgement and knowledge of the aetiology of domestic violence whilst using assessment tools as indicative only to assess the presence of IPV. Finally, that there is a need for evaluation research design to incorporate ongoing review of baseline data.
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