The purpose of this audit is to identify, describe and disseminate information about Australian research projects undertaken during the 1995-2010 period on topics relating to the protection of children.
The purpose of this audit is to identify, describe and disseminate information about Australian research projects (including program evaluations) undertaken during the 1995-2010 period on topics relating to the protection of children. This audit covers a broad scope of topics, ranging from universal preventative initiatives through to statutory child protection and out-of-home care. The scope of the topics for the audit reflects the six supporting outcomes outlined in the report Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 ("National Framework"; Council of Australian Governments COAG, 2009b).
The specific aims of the audit, in keeping with the aims of two previous audits on similar topics (Cashmore & Ainsworth, 2004; Higgins, Adams, Bromfield, Richardson, & Aldana, 2005), were to identify:
research projects (published and unpublished) undertaken in Australia between the 1995-2010 period on topics of relevance to the National Framework (COAG, 2009b);
outcomes and progress since the Audit of Australian Out-of-Home Care Research (Cashmore & Ainsworth, 2004) and the National Audit of Australian Child Protection Research 1995-2004 (Higgins et al., 2005);
gaps, duplication and areas for development in relation to the outcomes and national priorities identified in the National Framework;
and priorities for future research and data collection on the basis of the audit results, outcomes of the Towards a National Agenda forum (October 2009) and priorities identified in the National Framework.
Authors: Myfanwy McDonald, Daryl Higgins, Kylie Valentine, Alister Lamont