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Symposium Decision-making in Child and Youth Care 20th September 2013

The symposium will provide you with the opportunity to gain valuable education, training and best practices in the field of decision-making in child care.

With some of the most remarkable worldwide experts, we will reflect on the recent progress in decision-making in child care: factors influencing decisions of out-of-home care and reunification, professional's perspectives, children's participation in the process, cost-efficiency of decisions and protocols and instruments to guide decisions.

This symposium will be very stimulating for researchers, PhD students, policy makers and practitioners interested in different topics related to decision-making in child care.

We are delighted to welcome you to participate in this interesting initiative which will take place at the University of Groningen, on September 20th, 2013.

Why it is important?

The judgment whether a child is at risk and the decision whether to remove a child from home are very difficult to make. Caseworkers make these decisions in extreme situations: under pressure of time, on the basis of ambiguous information, and lack of specialized training and protocols. Unwarranted decisions may result in negative outcomes for the child and the family, but also for the child welfare systems and the professionals involved.

Research suggests that the process of decision-making can be influenced by factors such as the characteristics of the child and family, the decision maker characteristics and the contexts in which these processes are embedded (organizational and cultural contexts).

The analysis of this topic seems particularly relevant at the present moment, as the Dutch child welfare system is entering an age of austerity determined by the transfer of competencies to the municipalities and the need to reduce the current budget. In these times of growing needs for families and limited resources, it seems more than ever relevant to investigate the impact of decisions in child and family care and to identify the factors that contribute to effective decisions.

For who?

This seminar will be very stimulating for researchers, PhD students, policy makers and practitioners interested in different topics related to decision-making in child care.

Who is speaking?

We will count on some of the most prominent international researchers in this field: Dr. Rami Benbenishty (Bar Ilan University), Dr. John Fluke (Kempe Center for the Prevention of Treatment of Child Abuse and Neglect in the Department of Pediatrics, University of Colorado School of Medicine), Dr. Fred Wulczyn (The Chapin Hall at the University of Chicago), Dr. Barbara Fallon (University of Toronto), Dr. Emily Putnam-Hornstein and Dr. Barbara Needell ( University of California Berkeley) .

We will also receive input from young researchers developing their projects on decision making in the Netherlands and abroad (Belgium and Portugal).

In order to stimulate learning and reflection, all presentations will provide time for questions and debate with attendees. The symposium will be conducted fully in English.


Centre for Special Needs Education and Youth Care
Faculty of Behavioural and Social Sciences
University of Groningen

Mónica López López, Rosalind Franklin Fellow
Mijntje ten Brummelaar, promotieonderzoeker
Carien Koopmans, promotieonderzoeker
Anne-Fleur Vischer, promotieonderzoeker
Hans Grietens, hoogleraar
Tom van Yperen, hoogleraar
Erik Knorth, hoogleraar

With support of:
Institute for the Study of Education and Human Development (ISED) and the Collaborative Centre on Care for Children and Youth (C4Youth)

Last modified:16 July 2015 4.13 p.m.