Caring Records is a collaboration between information management researchers in the Faculty of IT at Monash University (Associate Professor Joanne Evans and Research Fellow Barbara Reed) and child protection researchers at the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia (Research Fellow Dr Martine Hawkes). We are seeking to identify and to understand the challenges to rights-based and child-centred recordkeeping in child safety and wellbeing contexts.
This study aims to gain a better understanding of the gaps between the promotion of child-centred approaches to recordkeeping and practice. To do this, we are looking to explore current case recording and other recordkeeping practices, with a particular focus on how the cultures and practices of case recording and other recordkeeping are formed and informed.
This project hopes to share the experiences of current and former child protection practitioners, social work curriculum developers, and social work students about how they are supported in child-centred recordkeeping and their experiences, expectations, intentions and challenges regarding child-centred case recording.
The study has been approved by the Human Research Ethics Committee at Monash University (Application ID: 31759) and the University of South Australia (Application ID: 204524).