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Outstanding MSW graduate celebrated with Judge Hugh C. Arrell prize

On Nov. 17, 2016 at the Fall Convocation, Brittany Madigan, MSW was awarded the Judge Hugh C. Arrell prize in Social Work for her Master's Thesis, titled "The Voices of the Youth: How Indigenous Young People Experience Plans of Care".

Nov 21, 2016

Madigan’s research used a mixed methods approach with a strong emphasis on Indigenous Methodologies, two Indigenous young people and a key informant share their thoughts about how plans of care can be improved for children in care. Findings suggested that experiences with the plan of care can vary significantly and depend greatly on the relationship between the young person and their child welfare worker. The young people valued participation in their plan of care and found the goal setting to be useful when they were consulted. However, the plan of care presents as a standardized, bureaucratic tool that does not inherently reflect Indigenous culture. These findings lead to recommendations for change at the micro and macro levels including greater opportunities for relationship-building between workers and youth, space for young to participate in planning, and increased funding for Indigenous child welfare services. 

About the Judge Hugh C. Arrell prize

This prize was established through the generosity of friends and associates of the late Judge Hugh C. Arrell, formerly Judge of the Juvenile and Family Courts, Hamilton.  The award is made annually at Fall Convocation on the recommendation of the Director of the School of Social Work, to the MSW graduand who submitted the best Thesis to meet the requirements of the program.