Testing Practice Wisdom in Child Welfare

Anat Zeira*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Many practice decisions are based on what is known as practice wisdom. While in our everyday lives, we use such knowledge to make both simple and complex decisions, professionals, such as Child Protection Officers have to decide for example, whether or not to remove a child from home. Thus, they often base their decisions on their “individual theory of practice that represents the worker’s attempt to conceptualize what he is doing” (Bloom, 1975, p. 66). This knowledge however, is implicit and is not available for utilization in practice or research. It is therefore important to conceptualize this source of knowledge, and to explore its potential for utilization in practice and policy (Collins, Amodeo, & Clay, 2008).

Original languageAmerican English
Title of host publicationChildren's Well-Being
Subtitle of host publicationIndicators and Research
PublisherSpringer Nature
Number of pages15
StatePublished - 2010

Publication series

NameChildren's Well-Being: Indicators and Research
ISSN (Print)1879-5196
ISSN (Electronic)1879-520X

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Publisher Copyright:
© Springer Science+Business Media B.V 2010.


  • Child Welfare
  • Practice Decision
  • Social Work
  • Social Work Practice
  • Tacit Knowledge


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