Working for the welfare: support and supervision needs of Indigenous Australian child protection practitioners

Oates, Fiona, and Malthouse, Kaylene (2021) Working for the welfare: support and supervision needs of Indigenous Australian child protection practitioners. Social Sciences, 10 (8). 277.

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Abstract

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are disproportionately represented in all parts of the child protection system in Australia. The recruitment of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practitioners into child protection systems to work with Indigenous families at risk underpins the government strategy to reduce this over-representation. However, little is known about the experiences of Indigenous people who undertake child protection work or what their support and supervision needs may be. This research is centered on Indigenous Australian child protection practitioners as experts in their own experiences and as such includes large excerpts of their own narratives throughout. Practitioner narratives were collected via qualitative semi-structured in-depth interviews. Critical theory and decolonising frameworks underpinned the research design. The study found that Indigenous child protection practitioners have a unique place in the families, communities and profession. Many viewed their work in the child protection field as an extension of their Indigeneity. This coupled with the historical experience of state-sanctioned removal of Indigenous children during colonisation and contemporarily, informs the need for child protection workplaces to re-think the support and supervision afforded to Indigenous practitioners

Item ID: 68797
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 2076-0760
Keywords: Indigenous child protection workers; child protection; Indigenous child protection; staff support and supervision
Copyright Information: © 2021 by the authors. Licensee MDPI, Basel, Switzerland. This article is an open access article distributed under the terms and conditions of the Creative Commons Attribution (CC BY) license (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/).
Funders: Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship (RTP)
Date Deposited: 26 Jul 2021 01:45
FoR Codes: 44 HUMAN SOCIETY > 4409 Social work > 440999 Social work not elsewhere classified @ 50%
45 INDIGENOUS STUDIES > 4505 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples, society and community > 450523 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander social work and social justice @ 50%
SEO Codes: 21 INDIGENOUS > 2101 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community services > 210102 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander development and wellbeing @ 50%
23 LAW, POLITICS AND COMMUNITY SERVICES > 2301 Community services > 230107 Families and family services @ 50%
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