A Minority Report for Social Work? The Predictive Risk Model (PRM) and the Tuituia Assessment Framework in addressing the needs of New Zealand's Vulnerable Children

Oak, Eileen (2016) A Minority Report for Social Work? The Predictive Risk Model (PRM) and the Tuituia Assessment Framework in addressing the needs of New Zealand's Vulnerable Children. The British Journal of Social Work, 46 (5). pp. 1208-1223. ISSN 0045-3102

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Official URL: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/bjsw/bcv028

Abstract

This article examines the viability of the Risk Predictor Model (RPM) and its counterpart the actuarial risk assessment (ARA) tool in the form of the Tuituia Assessment Framework to address child vulnerability in New Zealand. In doing so, it suggests that these types of risk-assessment tools fail to address issues of contingency and complexity at the heart of the relationship-based nature of social work practice. Such developments have considerable implications for the capacity to enhance critical reflexive practice skills, whilst the introduction of these risk tools is occurring at a time when the reflexive space is being eroded as a result of the increased regulation of practice and supervision. It is further asserted that the primary aim of such instruments is not so much to detect risk, but rather to foster professional conformity with these managerialist risk-management systems so prevalent in contemporary Western societies.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: Actuarial risks assessment, Predictive Risk Model, managerialism, Tuituia Assessment, contingency, informal logics of risk
Subjects: L500 Social Work
Department: Faculties > Health and Life Sciences > Social Work, Education and Community Wellbeing
Depositing User: Paul Burns
Date Deposited: 01 Aug 2019 16:34
Last Modified: 10 Oct 2019 16:19
URI: http://nrl.northumbria.ac.uk/id/eprint/40246

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