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Shifting the child protection juggernaut to earlier intervention

Humphreys, Cathy , Harries, Maria , Healy, Karen , Lonne, Robert L., Mendes, Philip , McHugh, Marilyn , & Sheehan, Rosemary (2009) Shifting the child protection juggernaut to earlier intervention. Children Australia, 34(3), pp. 5-8.

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Abstract

"For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong (M.L. Mencken, US writer and social commentator).

Nowhere is this quote more apt than when applied to finding over-simplified solutions to the complex problem of looking after the safety and well-being of vulnerable children. The easiest formula is, of course, to ‘rescue children from dysfunctional families’, a line taken recently in the monograph by the right wing think tank, Centre for Independent Studies (Sammut & O’Brien 2009). It is reasoning with fatal flaws. This commentary provides a timely reminder of the strong arguments which lie behind the national and international shift to supporting children and families through universal and specialist community-based services, rather than weighting all resources into statutory child protection interventions. A brief outline of the value of developing the resources to support children in their families, and the problems with 'rescuing' children through the child protection system are discussed.

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ID Code: 29317
Item Type: Journal Article
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Keywords: Child protection, Child abuse, Early intervention, Prevention
ISSN: 1035-0772
Subjects: Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700) > Counselling Welfare and Community Services (160702)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Social Policy (160512)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > POLICY AND ADMINISTRATION (160500) > Public Administration (160509)
Australian and New Zealand Standard Research Classification > STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY (160000) > SOCIAL WORK (160700)
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Institutes > Institute of Health and Biomedical Innovation
Past > Schools > Social Work & Human Services
Deposited On: 01 Jun 2010 15:15
Last Modified: 29 Feb 2012 23:59

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