Child welfare

Policy

National framework for protecting Australia’s children 2009–2020
30 Jan 2019

This is the final action plan in a series of four about a national child protection framework.

Report

22 Jan 2019

This chapter reports on the performance of governments in providing child protection, out-of-home care, family support services and intensive family support services.

Discussion paper

13 Dec 2018

This paper seeks the views of organisations providing services or facilities for children and young people, peak associations, regulators, government agencies, and families, children and young people on the implementation and operation of Victoria’s child safe standards and associated regulatory framework. The standards were fully...

Strategy

Northern Territory child and adolescent health and wellbeing strategic plan 2018–2028
6 Dec 2018

This strategy document provides the framework to improve the lives of children and young Territorians from 0-24 years of age. The integration of services, such as housing, education, youth justice and child protection, are all addressed in the plan.

Report

Measuring trends to turn the tide on the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia
27 Nov 2018

Fewer than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are placed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, following a steep decline over the last 10 years. This places Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are removed from their families at serious risk...

Report

Inquiry into local adoption
26 Nov 2018

All Australian children deserve to feel safe and loved and to have a strong sense of identity and belonging. Unfortunately there are tens of thousands of Australian children in out-of-home care who need a family they can belong to. It is not acceptable that children...

Literature review

1 Nov 2018

Knowledge and research are very limited around services and supports which promote successful reunifications. Furthermore, assessments of effectiveness generally use ‘rate of reunification’ as their primary outcome measure and do not monitor program impact after children have been returned. Given the high level of reunification...

Literature review

1 Nov 2018

There is growing evidence that reunifying children with their birth families is often unsuccessful. UK figures suggest that around 30 percent of reunified children will return to care within five years. Insights from evaluations of successful reunification programs are needed to develop effective reunification practices,...

Report

9 Oct 2018

This research explored how the accredited Developing Independence program addressed gaps in out-of-home care by offering both an improved approach and a structure for engaging young people in education and future planning based on their aspirations.

Draft report

Background and evidence summary draft: 25 September 2018
25 Sep 2018

This plan is intended to provide a coordinated approach to reducing violence against women and their children, through collaboration with all Australian jurisdictions.

Discussion paper

22 Sep 2018

The purpose of this paper is to seek feedback on proposed options for reforms to Territory laws being considered by the Department of the Attorney-General and Justice, in response to the Royal Commission’s recommendations regarding the duties and liability of institutions and the identification of...

Report

20 Sep 2018

Therapeutic residential care is for young people who are unable to be placed in family-based care. This paper provides an update on developments in therapeutic residential care, discusses the implications of these developments, and touches on further issues and dilemmas that should form the focus...

Report

10 Sep 2018

This research documents the experience of child removal and its consequences for parents and examines the current service network and its capacity to support them. It reviews interventions which are being deployed in other jurisdictions to break this cycle and makes recommendations about how the...

Report

10 Sep 2018

This report looks at the nature and extent of income and housing challenges faced by Tasmanian families who have had their children removed by Child Safety Services.

Report

1 Sep 2018

The ACT government is currently conducting a review of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the ACT child protection system. This interim report oulines a number of recommendations that have already been made.

Briefing paper

31 Aug 2018

Policy frameworks underpinning family-based interventions often assume a father deficit model, one that sees fathers as ineffective or neglectful in the area of child health and development. Our survey presents a more positive picture of fathering.

Report

11 Jul 2018

The Victorian government acknowledges findings of historical abuse within state government institutions and the ongoing psychological and physical harm suffered by many survivors. The Victorian government is taking responsibility to ensure that these failures to protect children never happen again.

Report

Research summary
10 Jul 2018

Leaving home is a key part of the transition to adulthood. There is evidence in many countries, including Australia, that young people are remaining at home for longer. This paper explores this issue using Australian data, considers factors driving the trend, and implications for young...

Report

A report to the Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians
29 Jun 2018

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of a range of child protection practice frameworks, in terms of the way they respond to the values, principles and approach to working with children and families applicable to the continuum of child protection practice.

Policy report

6 Jun 2018

There is a growing awareness that all children need stable homes and families to thrive. This has led to policymakers facing mounting calls from adoption advocates to increase the number of ‘open adoptions’ from out of care in Australia.

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