Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in New South Wales (the Wood Report): a review and commentary

Hansen, Patricia, and Ainsworth, Frank (2009) Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in New South Wales (the Wood Report): a review and commentary. Children Australia, 34 (2). pp. 17-23.

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Abstract

The Wood Report is the product of a special commission of inquiry into child protection services in NSW that was set up in June 2006 and reported in November 2008. In March 2009, the NSW Government published a response to the report, 'Keep then safe: a shared approach to child wellbeing'. The NSW Parliament in April 2009 also passed the Children Legislation Amendment (Wood Inquiry Recommendations) Act 2009 with little debate. This legislation has introduced many of Justice Wood's recommendations and has enacted other changes that were not included in the Commission of Inquiry report. While many of the amendments are welcome, there is a cause for concern about the likely consequences of some of the new provisions.

Item ID: 7986
Item Type: Article (Refereed Research - C1)
Keywords: child protection services; mandatory reporting; early intervention; Aboriginal children; contact
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ISSN: 1035-0772
Date Deposited: 13 May 2010 04:31
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services @ 100%
SEO Codes: 94 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 9401 Community Service (excl. Work) > 940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare @ 100%
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