Reshaping our protective systems : issues and options

Lonne, Bob (2013) Reshaping our protective systems : issues and options. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 7(1), pp. 9-20.


Australia's systems for protecting children from child abuse and neglect are undergoing reform in light of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children and innumerable judicial and other inquiries into their operations and outcomes. This article examines the current context for child protection practice and critically examines the dominant policy and practice frameworks, highlighting issues confronting policy makers and practitioners. Within the current systematic reform agendas, it is posited, there are key priorities that must be attended to in order to bring about necessary change, workforce support and a renewed emphasis on quality professional practice and re-orientation of practice approaches. Also required is the embedding of ethics into a relationship-based practice framework, and revitalising localised community involvement in a protective web of care that provides practical, compassionate and accessible help to needy and vulnerable children and families.

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ID Code: 66607
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Child abuse and neglect, Child protection reform, Community work, Ethical practice, Family support, Protecting children, Relationship-based practice
ISSN: 1833-6280
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Current > Schools > School of Public Health & Social Work
Deposited On: 23 Jan 2014 22:48
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 04:12

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