Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum 2010

  New Approaches and Current Research on Differential Response & Risk Management   Event: Atlantic Child Welfare Forum III (ACCWF III) Title: New Approaches and Current Research on Differential Response & Risk Management When: March 25th & 26th, 2010 Where: Oak Island Resort, Nova Scotia Attendees: 35+ from Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, PEI, Newfoundland & Labrador, Centre for Excellence on Child Welfare and CWLC Presenters: Dr. John Fluke, Director of the Child Protective Services Research Center, American Humane Association Dr. Aron Shlonsky, Director of the Bell Canada Child Welfare Research Unit, Faculty of Social Work, University of Toronto   This year marked the convening of the third Atlantic Canada Child Welfare Forum. The focus this year was on a round table dialogue for a smaller number of senior policy and program development staff to ensure a focused and engaging discussion. The two key themes of this year’s Forum were Differential Response and Risk Assessment and this event provided a valuable opportunity for senior child welfare and policy leaders in the Atlantic Provinces to explore new research, key strengths/ weaknesses and policy implications for these models. In addition, individual provinces were provided an opportunity to share their new initiatives and developments at the Forum this year. This presented a chance to share promising practices and to identify new resources and support systems between the provinces regarding case management, training, legislation, policy development, to name a few.   John D. Fluke, Ph.D. John Fluke has more than 30 years of experience in social service delivery system research in the area of Child Welfare and Mental Health Services for children. As of November 2007 he became the director of the Child Protection Research Center at the American Humane Association. He is nationally recognized as a researcher specializing in assessing and analyzing decision making in human services delivery systems. He is also known for his innovative and informative evaluation work in the areas of child welfare administrative data analysis, workload and costing, and performance and outcome measurement for children and family services. As a research manager he has experience in directing research and evaluation projects focused on maltreatment surveillance data, children’s mental health, child protective service risk and safety assessment, expedited permanency, guardianship, family group decision making, trauma services, adoption, and screening. He is also active in the area of national child maltreatment data collection and analysis and has worked with data collection programs in Canada, Saudi Arabia, the US, and for UNICEF. He has been active in research and evaluation at all levels of government, in the private not-for-profit sector, and with national foundations and associations that includes work both in the U.S. and internationally. The author or co-author of numerous scholarly publications, he has presented papers at both national and international meetings and conferences. He is co-chair of the Working Group on Child Maltreatment Data Collection for ISPCAN. He holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Decision Science from Union Institute and Universities, an MA in Anthropology from the Pennsylvania State University, and a BA in Mathematical Anthropology from the University of Northern Colorado.   Visit the American Humane Association   Going forward: what are the prospects for strenghtening child protection? What is the adaptive value of differential response? Presentation by Dr John Fluke Download the PowerPoint presentation   Additional resource:   Aron Shlonsky, Ph.d Aron Shlonsky is associate professor and Factor-Inwentash Chair in Child Welfare at the University of Toronto, Factor-Inwentash Faculty of Social Work, the director of the Bell Canada Child Welfare Research Unit, and Co-Director of the Canadian Centre of Excellence for Child Welfare. Prior to his appointment at University of Toronto, he spent a number of years as a child protective services worker, sexual abuse therapist, and substance abuse counselor in Los Angeles. His professional interests center largely on child welfare and include risk assessment, kinship foster care, and sibling relationships in out-of-home care. He also has an abiding interest in evidence-based practice and evaluation research. He is co-author of ‘Child Welfare Research: Advances for Child Welfare Practice and Policy’ (2008, Oxford University Press) and has authored and co-authored numerous manuscripts appearing in scholarly journals and books highlighting the use of actuarial tools in child welfare settings, the predictors and effects of sibling separation in foster care, issues surrounding kinship foster care, the implementation of subsidized legal guardianship for relative caregivers, and the teaching and implementation of evidence-based practice. visit the Canadian Child Welfare Research Portal   What does the research tell us about risk management? Part 1 Presentation by Dr. Aron Shlonsky Download Part 1 of the PowerPoint presentation   What does the research tell us about risk management? Part 2 Presentation by Dr. Aron Shlonsky Download Part 2 of the PowerPoint presentation   Additional resource: