Placement Trajectory : mapping the journeys of children and young people in out-of-home care

Withington, Tania, Burton, Judith, & Lonne, Bob (2013) Placement Trajectory : mapping the journeys of children and young people in out-of-home care. Communities, Children and Families Australia, 7(1), pp. 21-34.


Significant problems confront our child protection out-of-home care system including: high costs; increasing numbers of children and young people entering and remaining in care longer; high frequency of placement movement; and, negative whole-of-life outcomes for children and young people who have exited care. National policy and research agendas recognise the importance of enhancing the evidence base in out-of-home care to inform the development of policy, programs and practice, and improve longitudinal outcomes of children and young people. The authors discuss the concept of placement trajectory as a framework for research and systems analysis in the out-of-home context. While not without limitations, the concept of placement trajectory is particularly useful in understanding the factors influencing placement movement and stability. Increasing the evidence base in this area can serve to enhance improved outcomes across the lifespan for children and young people in the out-of-home care system.

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ID Code: 66608
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
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Keywords: Child Protection, Out-of-home care, Placement movement, Placement trajectory
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 22:56
Last Modified: 16 Apr 2014 04:17

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