Continuous quality improvement processes in child protection: a systematic literature review

Zuchowski, Ines, Miles, Debra, Woods, Cindy, and Tsey, Komla (2019) Continuous quality improvement processes in child protection: a systematic literature review. Research On Social Work Practice, 29 (4). pp. 389-400.

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Purpose: Protecting children from mistreatment is a global concern and further research and evaluation in child protection services is required. Continuous Quality Improvement (CQI) has demonstrated potential but to date there is no systematic review of studies that evaluate the application of CQI in child protection.

Method: This systematic literature review examined the application of CQI in child protection services. The review identified published, English language evaluations of CQI in child protection from 2000-2016 and critique the characteristics, methodological quality, and reported benefits of the included studies.

Results: A search of social science electronic databases identified eight peer-reviewed studies, including six quantitative studies, one mixed methods study and one qualitative study.

Discussion: The review highlighted that many studies on this topic lack specific validating data but there is evidence that CQI models have some potential to improve processes for working with children and families by promoting implementation fidelity.

Item ID: 51374
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1552-7581
Keywords: child protection; continuous quality improvement; CQI; systematic literature review
Copyright Information: © The Author(s) 2017. Under SAGE's Green Open Access policy, the Accepted Version of the article may be posted in the author's institutional repository and reuse is restricted to non-commercial and no derivative uses.
Funders: Centre for Research Excellence in Integrated Quality Improvement (CRE-IQI), Lowitja Institute (LI)
Projects and Grants: LI Sustainable Family Wellbeing Early Years Implementation project
Date Deposited: 31 Oct 2017 01:43
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440901 Clinical social work practice @ 50%
44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
SEO Codes: 93 EDUCATION AND TRAINING > 9305 Education and Training Systems > 930502 Management of Education and Training Systems @ 50%
97 EXPANDING KNOWLEDGE > 970113 Expanding Knowledge in Education @ 50%
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