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|Title: ||Parenting Capacity: An Analysis of Parenting Capacity Assessment in the Children’s Court of New South Wales|
|Authors: ||Gray, Sheila|
|Issue Date: ||4-Sep-2014|
|Publisher: ||University of Sydney|
Faculty of Education and Social Work
|Abstract: ||The Children’s Court of New South Wales is a specialised institution in legal decision-making regarding children and parents subject to statutory child protection intervention. The Children’s Court Clinic of New South Wales provides the forensic assessment reports, which evaluate the parenting capacity of adults about whom protective concerns exist.
The research uses de-identified clinical assessment reports prepared by Authorised Clinicians within the Children’s Court Clinic. The research evaluates the nature of the work referred to the Children’s Court Clinic and the content of assessment reports in parenting capacity. The study utilises the methodology of grounded theory principles and forensic practice guidelines to analyse the issues relevant to the written reports completed in this legal setting.
The assessment issues considered significant by the Children’s Court are illustrated using grounded theory principles. These assessment issues are then explored through the content of analysis contained within a sample of reports. The analytical process of the Authorised Clinicians is then considered in more detail through the theme of the parental capacity to change and the core concept of insight. This theme is illustrated through a detailed discussion of clinical assessment practice, in terms of the specific issues of a parent’s family history, the relevance of culture and the analysis of interventions within the reports.
The assessment reports are then evaluated using forensic practice guidelines. The characteristics and limitations of parenting capacity assessment within this context are illustrated with reference to specific practice guidelines. Two crucial priorities are identified in the assessment task and these are the distillation of risk issues and the use of formal forensic practice guidelines.
The broader issues emerging from this study are then evaluated. These issues include the situational tensions inherent within the forensic assessment context, the nature of interdisciplinary practice and recommendations for future research.|
|Rights and Permissions: ||The author retains copyright of this thesis. It may only be used for the purposes of research and study. It must not be used for any other purposes and may not be transmitted or shared with others without prior permission.|
|Type of Work: ||PhD Doctorate|
|Type of Publication: ||Doctor of Philosophy Ph.D.|
|Appears in Collections:||Sydney Digital Theses (University of Sydney Access only)|
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