ERIC Number: ED460517
Record Type: Non-Journal
Publication Date: 1996-Feb
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Essential Elements of Child Protection Mediation.
Barsky, Allan Edward
This study investigated the effectiveness of the process of mediation in child protection (CP) and the essential aspects which may contribute to developing more effective working relationships with child welfare families. The study focused on neutrality, one of the primary aspects of CP mediation. Interviews were conducted with 17 adult family members, mediators, and child protection workers who had been directly involved in five mediation cases. Six pre-mediation interviews and six additional interviews were also conducted with family members and child protection workers (CPW) from three non-mediation comparison cases. Participants were asked to describe their experience with CP interventions, including investigations, social casework, case conferencing, solution focused therapy, and child protection court. Participants identified ten distinct essential elements: alliance, bringing parties together, facilitating communication, keeping peace, developing options, enhancing understanding, focusing the parties, contracting, neutrality, and fairness. Comparison with non-mediation cases suggested that many elements, although essential to mediation, were not necessarily unique. CPWs involved in case conferencing and solution-focused interventions utilized techniques similar to those used by mediators. However, mediator neutrality was found to be unique to CP mediation. (Contains 20 references.) (CR)
Descriptors: Child Abuse, Child Neglect, Child Welfare, Conflict Resolution, Family Attitudes, Family Programs, Family Relationship, Foreign Countries, Intervention, Interviews, Program Effectiveness
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Publication Type: Reports - Research; Speeches/Meeting Papers
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