Journal Article

Practice Frameworks: Conceptual Maps to Guide Interventions in Child Welfare

Marie Connolly

in The British Journal of Social Work

Published on behalf of British Association of Social Workers

Volume 37, issue 5, pages 825-837
Published in print July 2007 | ISSN: 0045-3102
Published online June 2006 | e-ISSN: 1468-263X | DOI:
Practice Frameworks: Conceptual Maps to Guide Interventions in Child Welfare

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This paper discusses the development of a practice framework for child welfare in New Zealand. A practice framework is defined as a conceptual map that brings together, in an accessible design, an agency’s approach to social work practice with children and families. Designed as a tool for practitioners, the New Zealand practice framework integrates three perspectives: child-centred; family-led and culturally responsive; and strengths and evidence-based. The practice framework establishes a vision for New Zealand child welfare work that is grounded in the realities of practice, supported by research and embedded in a set of principles and values that are essential to the work. As a concept, it provides a clear understanding of what underpins the work, and how this informs our interventions with children and families. As a tool for practitioners, it provides a theoretically informed intervention logic and a set of triggers to support best practice.

Keywords: practice frameworks; practice models; evidence-based practice

Journal Article.  4680 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Social Work

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