A comparative study of the use of different risk-assessment models in Danish municipalities

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Risk-assessment models are widely used in casework involving vulnerable children and families. Internationally, there are a number of different kinds of models with great variation in regard to the characteristics of factors that harm children. Lists of factors have been made but most of them give very little advice on how the factors should be weighted. This paper will address the use of risk-assessment models in six different Danish municipalities. The paper presents a comparative analysis and discussion of differences and similarities between three models: the Integrated Children's System (ICS), the Signs of Safety (SoS) model and models developed by the municipalities themselves (MM). The analysis will answer the following two key questions: (i) to which risk and protective factors do the caseworkers give most weight in the risk assessment? and (ii) does each of the different models ensure a holistic assessment (which is required by law in Denmark)? The study contributes to the discussion about the use of risk-assessment models and whether these newer models have actually made a difference in what is assessed when looking at families at risk.
TidsskriftThe British Journal of Social Work
Udgave nummer1
Sider (fra-til)195-214
Antal sider20
StatusUdgivet - 1 jan. 2018


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