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"Listen to me": Exploring children's participation during child protection assessment

15 Dec 2016
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A mixed-methods pilot study was undertaken to (1) to gain insight into children's experiences using a children's rating tool and structured interview process, developed in this study; and (2) to determine the feasibility of conducting research with children aged 12 years and under at the assessment phase of the child protection process. Utilising structured interviews and an ageappropriate rating tool, six children (6-12 years) were interviewed during July 2013. While children's quantitative ratings of their worker and child protection experience were generally positive, further thematic analysis revealed mixed experiences. Salient results included: (1) Engagement and support, (2) Uncertainty surrounding worker and practice and (3) Importance of communication. Children were also generally positive about their participation in this study. Themes from this research affirm the importance of ensuring children's participation in child protection practice. Further research is required to understand and address the uncertainty children experience during the child protection assessment phase.

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1833-6280
APO URI: http://apo.org.au/node/74869
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10
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1
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27-44
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