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Working Paper: ADM in Child and Family Services

Authors Loren Dela Cruz
Date 24 May 2022

Dr Lyndal Sleep and Prof Paul Henman have authored a working paper which covers the proceedings of a workshop entitled ADM in child and family services: mapping what is happening and what we know held on the 24 November 2020.

The workshop brought together international experts and on-the-ground sector stakeholders to provide an overview of what automated decision-making is being used in child and family services and what it means to service providers, professionals and service users.

Presentations included:

  • ‘ADM in child and family services in Australia and beyond’ by Dr Philip Gillingham from The University of Queensland
  • ‘Datafied Child Welfare Services: Politics and Policy’ by Assistant Prof Joanna Redden from University of Western Ontario (Canada)
  • ‘Developing ADM technologies in Child and Family Services’ by Prof Rhema Vaithianathan from Auckland University of Technology
  • ‘Observations from the field’ by Carol Ronken from advocacy organisation, Brave Hearts

The presentations were followed by a roundtable discussion that is summarised in the report. The workshop and this paper aim to provide baseline knowledge for further research in this emerging and rapidly changing area.

Read the working paper on the APO or watch the event recording on YouTube.