Ensuring rigour and trustworthiness in a qualitative study : a reflection account

Nyathi, Nhlanganiso (2018) Ensuring rigour and trustworthiness in a qualitative study : a reflection account. Childhood Remixed, May (2018). pp. 129-141. ISSN 2515-4516

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The reflections reported on here are based on a study that investigated social workers’ perceptions of key influences to effective collaborative child protection decision making and practice. The study drew on evidence from a constructivist-interpretivist qualitative research design; involving semistructured interviews with qualified and experienced social workers and from direct, non-participant, observations of child protection meetings. In line with the focus of this reflective account, a number of strategies were adopted to ensure rigor and trustworthiness throughout this qualitative study. Evidence from the study suggests that, apart from the multilevel relationship, organisational, and external influences, child protection decision-making does not rely entirely on the threshold criterion of the likelihood and significance of risk of harm. Instead, professionals use a combination of discretionary intuition and analytical judgement when making decisions. Conclusions drawn from the study include that, existing guidance on decision-making is inadequate. This study, contributed to considerable conceptual clarity regarding the complex child protection decision-making process

Item Type: Journal Article
Additional Information: Conference Edition. Papers drawn from the International Children and Childhoods Conference held at University of Suffolk, July 2017
Keywords: bias and subjectivity, rigour and trustworthiness, reflection, reflexivity, saturation, triangulation
Faculty: ARCHIVED Faculty of Health, Social Care & Education (until September 2018)
Depositing User: Ian Walker
Date Deposited: 04 Jun 2018 10:21
Last Modified: 09 Sep 2021 18:56
URI: https://arro.anglia.ac.uk/id/eprint/703085

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