Doing Child Welfare Differently … LAC experiences in 3 cultural and organizational contexts. Umeå University Evelyn Khoo, MSW PhD. ‘The Travelling Idea of LAC’ (Nygren). Aims : 3 key functions of LAC – BBIC Implementation in 3 contexts Opinions
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Doing Child Welfare Differently… LAC experiences in 3 cultural and organizational contexts.
Evelyn Khoo, MSW PhD
3 key functions of LAC – BBIC
Implementation in 3 contexts
Because: Context matters to the 5 Ws and How
SWEDISH COUNCIL FOR WORKING LIFE AND SOCIAL RESEARCH
Key Informant Interviews
AAR, Training etc.
Mostly positive about LAC’s strengths
Important for ‘Best Practices’
Time is the greatest barrier
Children in a series of short-term placements often miss out on the fundamentals, particularly in regard to peer relationships, self image etc.
It improves work with children and families.
I wish that DCS would use this tool as I despair over some of the casework they do without LAC guidelines.
I feel it is a good monitoring tool for child in care. Yet, it could be made more inclusive to their voices.
BBIC is a great way to carry out [work. It gives] structure and put the child in focus. But, it is incredibly time consuming. So, follow-up can be delayed and there a risk that too much work is put on administration.
It is important to discuss the values behind the concept and come to an agreement on what is most important about BBIC – filling in all the forms correctly or learning to use the ideas behind the triangle or ideas in the forms. It’s easy to get hung up on discussions about all the forms. You have to keep your head out of that if you don’t want to drown and instead discuss and decide on which bits are most important and take one piece at a time.
The child is the focus.
Mostly positive but not wildly enthusiastic
More varied opinions
An exercise in form-filling
Time and Organization are limits
Looking After Children is child focused. This is great! LAC challenges the fiscal policy of agencies - this is good.
LAC is time consuming - this too is good for kids… Workers need policy changes to ensure they have the monies and time or the process will become frustrating for staff.
Please ask the children and youth how they feel about this. They feel forced and abnormal (different from their peers in the home).
This LAC was to respond to policy and research, not to the interests or needs of children.
Context has influencedthe purpose, meaning and legitimacy of LAC.
Context has channelled LAC efforts in specific directions.
Translating LAC impacts practice.
Improves parenting standards and practices
Guiding practice & decision-making
Makes us responsible parents
Limiting professional discretion
Key People Matter
Leaders, ‘fire keepers’, users
Training and Support are essential
Initial and ongoing
Integration follows implementation
Merci! Thank you!