National Child Protection Clearinghouse

Owning Institution:
Briefing paper

Child protection and family law ... joining the dots

This paper looks at the specific issues facing those responsible for ensuring the safety and wellbeing of children in the context of parental separation, and the two separate legal systems: family law and child protection.
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Risk assessment in child protection

The purpose of this Resource Sheet is to outline the different approaches used to assess whether children are at risk of maltreatment, as well as to explore some of the issues and criticisms surrounding the use of standardised risk assessment instruments in child protection.
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History of child protection services

This resource sheet provides a brief history of developments in child protection services in Australia and internationally. Social and political interest in the protection of children from abuse or neglect at the hands of caregivers is a relatively recent phenomenon. Since the early colonial days...
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Parental intellectual disability and child protection: key issues

A high proportion of families with a parent with an intellectual disability will come to the attention of child protection and support agencies due to allegations that a child has been or is at risk of abuse or neglect. However, prejudice and lack of understanding...

A stitch in time saves nine: Preventing and responding to the abuse and neglect of infants

The idealisation of infancy in our culture is in part a defence against recognising the intense powerlessness, helplessness and dependency of the human infant. Despite the fantasy of infancy as being a time of nirvana, the first 12 months of life pose the highest risk...