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Paul’s research focus has been on decision-making and the use of knowledge to make decisions in social work. There has been a specific focus on the knowledge used to make decisions regarding the permanency arrangements for looked after children.

This research has included work to uncover the specific knowledge base that social workers use to make their decisions. The research used an innovative qualitative methodology called ‘thinking-aloud’ protocols in conjunction with a specifically designed case study, to uncover the knowledge used to make decisions.

The objective of the research activity is to ensure greater consistency in knowledge use when making decisions, so that decisions taken are more robust and valid. The research will achieve this by informing the education, training and supervision of social workers.

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