Paora Moyle

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School of Social Work
College of Health


Thesis Title
Indigenous experiences of the child protection Family Group Conference in Aotearoa New Zealand

Research Description
In Aotearoa the family group conference (FGC) is the legal mechanism through which matters related to the care and protection of children are deliberated. Maori are half of the total families who participate in the care and protection FGCs. This project aims to identify what is at stake socially and culturally when indigenous peoples’ decision making rights according to the Children Young Person and their Families Act 1989 intersect with the State’s changing agenda on child protection in Aotearoa. The literature about FGC in Aotearoa has tended to generalise Maori into the greater mainstream mix of research rendering them invisible. Social work clinical practice requires findings that make researchers and policy advisors aware of the range of drivers and explanations for Maori over-representation in the care and protection system, attributed to the long-term impact of social and economic dislocation via the colonisation process. Only research that directly engages with Maori will provide valid findings towards this goal. The principle methodology for this project will be Maori-centred using qualitative tools. Informal individual interviews with semi-structured and open-ended questions will be the main information collection method. A thematic analysis of participants’ experiences will be undertaken.

Research Importance
This research will be built around the experiences of Maori participants who have willingly gifted their stories in order to create positive change in social work FGC practice. The research also acknowledges the participants journey and may potentially contribute to any healing such as improved mental health.

Research Benefit
The proposed study is relevant to current issues in social work policy, practice and programme development. It is intended to be useful particularly for whanau going through the FGC process, for Maori health organisations and providers, Maori representative groups, policy makers and researchers.

Personal Description
Ko te Whetumatarau te maunga Ko Awatere te awa Ko Horouta te waka Ko Ngati Porou te iwi Ko Tuwhakairiora te tangata Ko Hinerupe te marae Ko Paora Moyle taku ingoa Nga mihi ki a koutou katoa I am a social work practitioner with twenty years of experience in both in Aotearoa and the United Kingdom. I currently work part-time providing Maori-centered supervision to social service practitioners in greater Wellington. In my spare time I have been working on researching our whanau whakapapa for the future of our mokopuna.

Associate Professor Kieran O'Donoghue
Dr Suzanne Phibbs
Dr Awhina English

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