What parents value from formal support services in the context of identified child abuse

Hardy, Fotina & Darlington, Yvonne (2008) What parents value from formal support services in the context of identified child abuse. Child & Family Social Work, 13(3), pp. 252-261.

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Parents whose children are identified as having experienced or being at risk of experiencing significant harm potentially provide an invaluable dimension to our understanding of the circumstances that result in child abuse or neglect and how best to respond to these invariably complex situations. This paper reports findings from a study of the experiences of six parents.

In-depth interviews were conducted with four mothers and two fathers who had been referred to an intensive family support services by the Queensland statutory child protection authority. Using a critical ecological perspective, the study focused on identifying and understanding the experiences of the parents in using formal family support services, including aspects of service delivery that were helpful or unhelpful. Parents also commented on their experiences of statutory child protection services.

Service components and worker qualities that parents identified as being helpful included being accessible, targeted and integrated and being able to meet a continuum of needs, from a micro to a broader level. Their reports provide invaluable insight into how formal family support services, including child protection services, can better meet the needs of parents in addressing the recurring problem of child maltreatment.

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ID Code: 75311
Item Type: Journal Article
Refereed: Yes
Keywords: child abuse and neglect, family support, parental perspectives
DOI: 10.1111/j.1365-2206.2008.00545.x
ISSN: 1365-2206
Divisions: Current > QUT Faculties and Divisions > Faculty of Health
Copyright Owner: Copyright 2008 The Authors
Journal compilation Copyright 2008 Blackwell Publishing Ltd
Deposited On: 19 Aug 2014 23:47
Last Modified: 21 Aug 2014 08:53

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