Child involvement in treatment planning and assessment in Israel

Shani Oppenheim-Weller, Ella Schwartz*, Asher Ben-Arieh

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What can facilitate at-risk children's involvement in treatment planning and assessment? We examine this question by investigating the perceptions, attitudes, and characteristics of Israeli social workers. We examine whether their seniority, views on the importance of children's participation, and their attitudes toward parents are related to their report of at-risk children's involvement in treatment planning and placement decisions. At-risk children's involvement includes preparing them to appear before the committees that handle placement decisions for youth and the social workers' willingness to consider children's opinions. Eighty coordinators of these committees in social services departments in Israel participated. Our findings indicate that, based on the coordinators' answers, at-risk children are more likely to be involved in treatment planning and assessment committees when the child protection officers prepare parents prior to participating in the committee meetings, and when the coordinators assigned the case are more senior. The influence of children's opinions on the decisions of the committees was predicted by the weight their parents' opinions carried and whether their parents received any relevant materials prior to the committee meetings. Our findings highlight the importance of involving parents in treatment planning and assessment committees' decision making.

Original languageAmerican English
Pages (from-to)1302-1312
Number of pages11
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number3
StatePublished - Aug 2017

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  • at-risk children involvement
  • decision making
  • parents' involvement
  • treatment planning


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