Five tumultuous years in Australian child protection: little progress

Ainsworth, Frank, and Hansen, Patricia (2006) Five tumultuous years in Australian child protection: little progress. Child and Family Social Work, 11 (1). pp. 33-41.

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In an article published in 2002, one of the authors of this paper offered an analysis of the Australian child protection data from 1999 to 2000 and raised questions about the effectiveness of mandatory reporting. Recently, child protection data for 2003–2004 has been released. This provides an opportunity to re-examine some child protection issues and the effectiveness of mandatory reporting 5 years on. These have been tumultuous years. Each state and territory has held major inquiries into this area of practice and, as a result, significant organizational changes have taken place and new resources are being made available. Nevertheless, questions about the effectiveness of child protection services remain. There is continuing doubt about the value of comprehensive reporting systems.

Item ID: 3745
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1356-7500
Keywords: child protection; costs; mandatory reporting
Date Deposited: 23 Nov 2009 23:53
FoR Codes: 16 STUDIES IN HUMAN SOCIETY > 1607 Social Work > 160703 Social Program Evaluation @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9205 Specific Population Health (excl. Indigenous Health) > 920501 Child Health @ 100%
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