Doing harm while doing good: the child protection paradox

Ainsworth, Frank, and Hansen, Patricia (2012) Doing harm while doing good: the child protection paradox. Child & Youth Services, 33 (2). pp. 146-157.

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Every Australian citizen expects state and territory governments to protect children from child abuse and neglect. Protecting children from harm is seen as good. This however is not a simple matter. The ultimate act in protecting children is to remove them from parental care. This causes trauma for the child and pain and distress for parents no matter how inadequately they may have been caring for their children. In that respect removing a child from parental care does harm to parents and children. This article explores the paradox of doing harm while doing good. The article has an Australian focus but the authors think that this issue affects child protection services in many countries.

Item ID: 25568
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1545-2298
Keywords: doing good, doing harm, model of child protection practice, parenting practices
Date Deposited: 18 Mar 2013 00:23
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified @ 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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