Briefing paper

Mobile Child Protection Unit: early analysis of a new approach to child protection

Child welfare Child protection Service delivery New South Wales

This brief presents the findings of an analysis of the performance of the Western NSW Mobile Child Protection Unit (MCPU) in its first year of establishment. The MCPU was created to address the need for more reliable and consistent child protection responses in remote parts of NSW. The analysis suggests that the Mobile Child Protection Unit in Western NSW shows promise as an approach to child protection in remote NSW. The introduction of the unit saw improved timeliness of assessments of reports of risk of significant harm to a child or young person, including high priority reports and reports relating to children under five years old.

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