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Evidence-informed Decision Making: A Case Study

Option Two, What Happens:

During supervision you discuss your biases as the family services worker.  You have had similar cases in the past and you find yourself comparing this situation to previous ones, without any clear reason for doing so, as the people and contexts differ.  Also, you realize that you are assuming the situation is solely Sophia’s responsibility. 

You also discuss your supervisor’s biases and how your organization typically approaches situations similarly, where access decisions are difficult.  Further, your organization, specifically the legal department, deals with these situations similarly, yet there is no indication that this is the most appropriate course of action for all families.  As a whole, your organization fails to recognize trauma and how it may affect caregivers and their children.

The foster parent is considering only Tamara's feelings (at the time of access) when she's suggesting suspending access between Tamara and her mother.

You have surfaced some potential biases - now you feel it is time to move on....

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