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Effectiveness of child protection practice models : a systematic review (2020)

Isokuortti, Nanne; Aaltio, Elina; Laajasalo, Taina; Barlow, Jane (2020). Effectiveness of child protection practice models : a systematic review. Child Abuse and Neglect, 108, 104632. DOI: 10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104632

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Julkaisun kaikki tekijät tai toimittajat: Isokuortti, Nanne; Aaltio, Elina; Laajasalo, Taina; Barlow, Jane

Lehti tai sarja: Child Abuse and Neglect

ISSN: 0145-2134

eISSN: 1873-7757

Julkaisuvuosi: 2020

Volyymi: 108

Artikkelinumero: 104632

Kustantaja: Elsevier BV

Julkaisumaa: Britannia

Julkaisun kieli: englanti

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.chiabu.2020.104632

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Julkaisu on rinnakkaistallennettu (JYX): https://jyx.jyu.fi/handle/123456789/72360


Background Attempts to improve child protection outcomes by implementing social work practice models embedded in a particular theory and practice approach, have increased internationally over the past decade. Objective To assess the evidence of the effectiveness of child protection practice models in improving outcomes for children and families. Participants and setting Children < 18 years and their families involved in child protection services. Methods A systematic review was conducted to synthesize evidence regarding the effectiveness of child protection practice models. Systematic searches across 10 electronic databases and grey literature were conducted to identify quasi-experimental studies minimally. Included studies were critically appraised and the findings summarized narratively. Results Five papers, representing six studies, focusing on three practice models (Solution-Based Casework; Signs of Safety; and Reclaiming Social Work) met the inclusion criteria. All studies applied a quasi-experimental design. Overall, the quality of the evidence was rated as being poor, with studies suffering from a risk of selection bias, small sample sizes and short-term follow up. Conclusions Despite the popularity of practice models, the evidence base for their effectiveness is still limited. The results suggest that high-quality studies are urgently needed to evaluate the impact of practice models in improving the outcomes of child-protection-involved families. The findings also illustrate the difficulties of conducting high-quality outcome evaluations in children’s social care, and these challenges and future directions for research, are discussed.

YSO-asiasanat: lastensuojelu; sosiaalityö; käytäntö; toimintamallit; systemaattiset kirjallisuuskatsaukset

Vapaat asiasanat: child protection; practice models; social work; systematic review

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