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The Childhood, Law & Policy Network (CLPN)

Ms Emily Keddell

Associate Professor, University of Otago, New Zealand



My research focusses on the child protection system, specifically inequalities in system contact, decision-making variability, knowledge interpretation in practice, the use of algorithmic decision tools, and the politics of state intervention in family life. Current projects examine how to effectively prevent the removal of babies to fostercare, family advocacy, and how decisions to report to child protection services are made. I am also interested in how children’s participation rights intersect with social inequities. My work highlights issues of rights, equity and justice within child protection systems.



Scholar profile:


Decision-making, inequalities, algorithmic decision tools, prevention, family support, policy analysis, child protection
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