Karen Healy

Book review

Politics, newspapers and witch-hunts: the tragic case of Baby P

On 3 August 2007, Peter Connelly died of injuries sustained at his family home in London aged just seventeen months. In the aftermath of Peter’s death, politicians rode high on outrage and Rebekah Brooks, the then editor of The Sun newspaper, led what she termed...

Families on the fringe: Promoting the social inclusion of young families moving to non-metropolitan areas

Between 2001 and 2006, significant population growth occurred along the eastern seaboard states of Australia. A substantial proportion of this growth occurred outside capital cities, particularly on the urban fringes of large cities, coastal areas and the areas around mining towns.

The social work and human services workforce

This report analyses the national curriculum and workforce needs of the social work and human services workforce. Australia’s community and health services are among the fastest growing sectors of employment in the nation but the sustainability of an appropriately qualified workforce is threatened. Yet there...

Creating better communities: A study of social capital creation in four communities

How can organisations like The Benevolent Society increase social capital in the communities in which we work? How can we work with government and business to create better communities? This report looks at what makes communities caring and inclusive, and the role that all institutions...

Who cares? A demographic profile of care workers employed in the Australian community services industry

In nursing homes, child care centres, migrant welfare services, group homes for people with disabilities, and elsewhere around Australia, workers are employed to help other people meet their daily needs. These employees perform paid 'care work' in Australia’s community service industries. Gabrielle Meagher and Karen...