Caring for our frontline child protection workforce

CFCA Paper No. 42
15 December 2016

Frontline child protection work is highly stressful, emotionally taxing and, at times, can result in secondary trauma. Additionally, statutory child protection organisations consistently experience high turnover and staff shortages, creating adverse workplace cultures and extra stress for their workforce. Consequently, there is a growing recognition of the need to develop organisational strategies to foster the wellbeing of the frontline child protection workforce. The aim of this paper is to offer some guidance to the management of child protection and related services by drawing on occupational health literature.

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Kerry A. Lewig, Sara McLean, 2016, Caring for our frontline child protection workforce, Child Family Community Australia, viewed 30 April 2017, <>.

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