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A contrario     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Abordajes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access  
Aboriginal and Islander Health Worker Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
About Performance     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Academicus International Scientific Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Access     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 22)
ACCESS: Critical Perspectives on Communication, Cultural & Policy Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
ACCORD Occasional Paper     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Accountability in Research: Policies and Quality Assurance     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
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Acta Scientiarum. Human and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
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Adıyaman Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access  
Administrative Science Quarterly     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 133)
Administrative Theory & Praxis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
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Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Akademika : Journal of Southeast Asia Social Sciences and Humanities     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Al-Mabsut : Jurnal Studi Islam dan Sosial     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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American Communist History     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 18)
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Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Andamios. Revista de Investigacion Social     Open Access  
Anemon Muş Alparslan Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Dergisi     Open Access  
Annals of Humanities and Development Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Annals of the American Academy of Political and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 31)
Annuaire de l’EHESS     Open Access  
Anthropocene Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
Anthurium : A Caribbean Studies Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Approches inductives : Travail intellectuel et construction des connaissances     Full-text available via subscription  
Apuntes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Apuntes de Investigación del CECYP     Open Access  
Arbor     Open Access  
Argomenti. Rivista di economia, cultura e ricerca sociale     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Argumentos. Revista de crítica social     Open Access  
Around the Globe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Articulo - Journal of Urban Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Asian Journal of Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Asian Journal of Social Sciences and Management Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Asian Social Science     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Astrolabio     Open Access  
Atatürk Dergisi     Open Access  
Australasian Review of African Studies, The     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Australian Aboriginal Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 9)
Australian and Aotearoa New Zealand Psychodrama Association Journal     Full-text available via subscription  
Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
BARATARIA. Revista Castellano-Manchega de Ciencias sociales     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Basic Income Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Bayero Journal of Pure and Applied Sciences     Open Access  
Berkeley Undergraduate Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Big Data & Society     Open Access   (Followers: 26)
Bildhaan : An International Journal of Somali Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 15)
Bodhi : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Body Image     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
BOGA : Basque Studies Consortium Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Border Crossing : Transnational Working Papers     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brain and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 29)
Brasiliana - Journal for Brazilian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Caderno CRH     Open Access  
California Italian Studies Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
California Journal of Politics and Policy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Caminho Aberto : Revista de Extensão do IFSC     Open Access  
Canadian Journal of Human Sexuality     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Caribbean Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Carl Beck Papers in Russian and East European Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Catalan Social Sciences Review     Open Access  
Catalyst : A Social Justice Forum     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Catholic Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
CBU International Conference Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cemoti, Cahiers d'études sur la méditerranée orientale et le monde turco-iranien     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Challenges     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
China Journal of Social Work     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
Chinese Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access  
Ciencia y Sociedad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciencia, Cultura y Sociedad     Open Access  
Ciencias Holguin     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Ciências Sociais Unisinos     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Ciencias Sociales y Educación     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Ciencias Sociales y Humanidades     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CienciaUAT     Open Access  
Citizen Science : Theory and Practice     Open Access  
Citizenship Teaching & Learning     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Ciudad Paz-ando     Open Access  
Civilizar Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Civitas - Revista de Ciências Sociais     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Claroscuro     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
CLIO América     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cogent Social Sciences     Open Access  
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 9)
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 12)
Communities, Children and Families Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Compendium     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Comprehensive Therapy     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 3)
Comuni@cción     Open Access  
Comunitania : Revista Internacional de Trabajo Social y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Confluenze Rivista di Studi Iberoamericani     Open Access  
Contemporary Journal of African Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Contemporary Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
Contribuciones desde Coatepec     Open Access  
Convergencia     Open Access  
Corporate Reputation Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
CRDCN Research Highlight / RCCDR en évidence     Open Access  
Creative and Knowledge Society     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
Creative Approaches to Research     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 11)
Critical Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Critical Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 27)
Crossing the Border : International Journal of Interdisciplinary Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
CTheory     Open Access  
Cuadernos de la Facultad de Humanidades y Ciencias Sociales - Universidad Nacional de Jujuy     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Cultural Trends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
Culturales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Culturas. Revista de Gestión Cultural     Open Access  
Culture Mandala : The Bulletin of the Centre for East-West Cultural and Economic Studies     Open Access  
Culture Scope     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
De Prácticas y Discursos. Cuadernos de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 19)
Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Diálogo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
DIFI Family Research and Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Discourse & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 60)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Drustvena istrazivanja     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
e-Gnosis     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Eastern Africa Social Science Research Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
Économie et Solidarités     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Education, Business and Society : Contemporary Middle Eastern Issues     Hybrid Journal  
Égypte - Monde arabe     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Éire-Ireland     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 28)
Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
Empiria. Revista de metodología de ciencias sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Encuentros Multidisciplinares     Open Access  
Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Entramado     Open Access  
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
Equidad y Desarrollo     Open Access  
Espace populations sociétés     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
EspacesTemps.net     Open Access  
Estudios Avanzados     Open Access  
Estudios Fronterizos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Estudios Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Estudios Sociales     Open Access  
Ethics and Social Welfare     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 20)
Ethiopian Journal of the Social Sciences and Humanities     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 6)
Ethnic and Racial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
Ethnobotany Research & Applications : a journal of plants, people and applied research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
Études canadiennes / Canadian Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Études rurales     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Eureka Street     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
European Journal of Futures Research     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
European Journal of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 10)
European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
European Review of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 10)
European View     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Exchanges : the Warwick Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
ExT : Revista de Extensión de la UNC     Open Access  
Families, Relationships and Societies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Family Matters     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 13)
Family Process     Partially Free   (Followers: 7)
Family Relations     Partially Free   (Followers: 11)
Family Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 2)
Fijian Studies: A Journal of Contemporary Fiji     Full-text available via subscription  
FIVE : The Claremont Colleges Journal of Undergraduate Academic Writing     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Flaubert     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Formation emploi     Open Access  

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  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Aims and scope
    • PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Lonne, Bob
      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Theory and research considerations in implementing the
           Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) Program
    • Abstract: Caruana, Theresa
      The Circle of Security Parenting (COS-P) program is the second most frequently offered group parenting course in NSW, but the evidence of its effectiveness is still emerging. Initial research has shown some improvements for parents in reducing stress, increasing self-efficacy and parenting skills, and in promoting understanding of child behaviour. Its underlying theory is to promote a more secure attachment in the parent-child relationship, and evaluations of its initial, more intensive format have shown some findings supporting this. However, the COS-P version has an overall parent education focus rather than a role in assessing quality of attachment, and thus is more suited to preventing, rather than addressing, risks to children. This paper evaluates the research and theory behind COS-P, and discusses principles and outcomes of group parenting programs generally, to provide an evidence-informed approach to implementation.

      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - "Listen to me": Exploring children's participation
           during child protection assessment
    • Abstract: Finan, Samantha; Salveron, Mary; Bromfield, Leah
      A mixed-methods pilot study was undertaken to (1) to gain insight into children's experiences using a children's rating tool and structured interview process, developed in this study; and (2) to determine the feasibility of conducting research with children aged 12 years and under at the assessment phase of the child protection process. Utilising structured interviews and an ageappropriate rating tool, six children (6-12 years) were interviewed during July 2013. While children's quantitative ratings of their worker and child protection experience were generally positive, further thematic analysis revealed mixed experiences. Salient results included: (1) Engagement and support, (2) Uncertainty surrounding worker and practice and (3) Importance of communication. Children were also generally positive about their participation in this study. Themes from this research affirm the importance of ensuring children's participation in child protection practice. Further research is required to understand and address the uncertainty children experience during the child protection assessment phase.

      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Connection to culture by indigenous children and young
           people in out-of-home care in Australia
    • Abstract: McDowall, Joseph J
      Given the relatively large numbers of Indigenous children and young people in out-of-home care in Australia, and the fact that one third across the country are not placed according to the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle, it is important to ensure that those in care maintain contact with their families and cultural community to satisfy their basic human rights, and to contribute to identity formation and lifelong support. To explore the extent to which this is happening at present, 296 Indigenous children and young people aged 10-18 years from all states and territories were surveyed to determine the strength of their connection to culture, and to identify mechanisms that might facilitate this connection, including the level of cultural support planning and contact with family members. Findings revealed that 31% did not feel connected to culture, while only 14% reported being aware of a personal cultural support plan, in spite of the possession of such a plan being a requirement of the National Standards in Out-of-Home Care introduced in 2011. Knowledge of family story was found to be a major factor in predicting strength of connection to culture, as were support from carers and frequency of contact with father. Contact with siblings was found to be negatively associated with connection to culture, possibly because of competing time interests; with limited free time, periods spent with siblings, which has a high priority in young persons' lives, is time not available for other pursuits. Based on these findings, it is argued that those responsible for Indigenous children and young people in out-of-home care must do more to ensure that these young people understand the long-term importance of being part of their culture and, if the young people wish, do everything possible to help them maintain that connection.

      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Guidelines for contributors
    • PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Factors for restoration of children to their families
           after final care orders have been made
    • Abstract: Costa, Tracy
      Section 90 of the NSW Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act 1998 No 157 refers to an Application for rescission or variation of final Care Orders for children who have previously been removed from the family home and placed into permanent care. The Act provides specific criteria for considering the restoration of a child to their family. These criteria provided a framework to evaluate how well the current literature addressed the factors that impact on the outcomes for children after final Care Orders have been made. A key difference between children in temporary care and those under final Care Orders is the length of time they have been in care at the time of the application. This paper's analysis identified length of time in care, issues related to attachment between parent and child, parenting capacity, and placement stability as key factors for determining the suitability of restoring children to their families. Considerable literature referred to children in temporary care arrangements, highlighting a need for further research to specifically evaluate the short- and long-term impact when final Care Orders are varied or rescinded.

      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - "Legal: But is it moral?": Newspaper discourses of
           asylum seeker and refugee children
    • Abstract: Shee, Ramona
      This paper outlines a thematic analysis of the competing discourses within the Australian print media regarding asylum seeker and refugee children. It examines how these discourses reflected and influenced community perceptions and policy development, and how care for children was juxtaposed with harsh border security policy. Data collection was undertaken by a key word search of the terms "asylum seeker*" OR refugee*, detention, child* during the period of 1/1/16-30/6/16 in the highest circulating newspapers in each Australian state and territory, plus one national paper. Descriptive quantitative data analysis was combined with qualitative thematic analysis. In total, 151 articles were analysed and five major discourses were identified. The dominant discourse found was border protection, the secondary discourse was found to be morality versus legality, the subversive discourse was dissenters, the latent discourse was "othering", while the emerging discourse was Europe as warning. The role of the print media in leading to children being released from mainland detention centres was also considered. While it was found that child asylum seekers elicited more compassion than adults, further research is required to confirm these findings.

      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 10 Issue 1 - Reaching 'vulnerable' families through court-based
           referral projects: Professional accounts of two models in urban and
           regional New South Wales
    • Abstract: Gray, Rebecca; Calder-Hickey, Silvie; Bishop, Leona
      Changes to the Family Law Act (2006) triggered the establishment of Family Relationship Centres (FRCs) throughout Australia. Tasked with supporting the local community, these centres provide an entry point for people experiencing relationship distress, family dysfunction and parental separation. For the most part, centres provide referrals and direct services include case management, parenting seminars, and dispute resolution. While positioned as shopfronts in prominent community spaces to enable access, engaging potential clients requires initiative. One such initiative is the Court Referral model where professionals from the local FRC are situated at court, in this case Bathurst Local Court and Sydney Family Court. Findings indicated that these initiatives achieved intended outcomes, that being an increase in the engagement and retention of 'vulnerable' clients who would not otherwise have approached relationships services. Interestingly, respondents reported some unforeseen benefits in that court-based professionals and the e stakeholders noted reductions in court presentations for some clients. The aim of this paper is to describe the potential benefits of outreach referral officers in courts, and contribute to what is known about how professionals perceive the impact of these projects. Study limitations and research recommendations will also be provided.

      PubDate: Wed, 8 Feb 2017 20:23:23 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - Deliberative democracy or democratic dilemma?: The
           curious case of Australia's statutory parental leave policy
    • Abstract: McCurdy, Samone; Knell, Caroline
      At a macro level this paper explores gendered assumptions of work and care and their potential to be transformed or replicated in public consultations and corollary policymaking. Using enumerative content analysis, 349 public submissions from the Productivity Commission Inquiry into Paid Parental Leave (PPL) were reviewed. The first analysis located submissions within one of three main models of caregiving suggested in parental leave literature - exclusive mother care, shared care between parents, and the maternal primary carer/paternal secondary carer model. The second analysis utilised a simple word count technique, contrasting and comparing the words contributors used to describe caregiving responsibility and the need for a statutory leave policy. The results suggest a highly gendered paradigm of care was likely to be presented to the Inquiry. Exclusive care by the mother was the most frequent care model of caregiving forwarded by contributors. Paid Leave for the mother was positioned as the ideal policy focus, underscored by the traditional gender roles of mother as primary carer with support care from the father shaped around their paid work responsibility. Similarly, the word count analysis showed a distinctly maternal narrative of care for children. The authors assert this maternal lexicon was likely to have influenced the final policy model and reflect a highly gendered ideology of work and care that remains embedded in the Australian policy landscape. This secondary data analysis serves as a reminder for policy analysts to include interrogation of the policy making process and mechanisms in addition to policy design when undertaking contemporary policy analysis.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - Editorial
    • Abstract: Clare, Mike; Lonne, Bob
      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - Aims and Scope
    • PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - Implementing a relationship education program for new
           parents in rural Australia
    • Abstract: Crisp, Beth R; Taket, Ann
      Baby Makes 3 is a couple's relationship education program for new parents that has previously been found to be successful in metropolitan Melbourne. However, programs developed in urban areas may face challenges when implemented in rural and regional Australia. This paper reports on research that evaluated the implementation of Baby Makes 3 in rural Victoria, drawing on semi-structured interviews with 15 service providers involved with the program in the Great South Coast Region. Despite some concerns about the receptivity of the community to a program focusing on gender equity, facilitators and parents were recruited across the region. However, adaptations to the original model developed in an urban context were required including consideration as to the number of facilitators to be recruited, smaller groups, and groups running less often where there are few children being born to new parents. The timing of groups may also need to take into account farming and sporting cultures in the region. Furthermore, the research revealed a need to recognise the heterogeneity of agricultural communities, and associated variety in issues which need to be addressed in scheduling group programs for parents.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - Removal at birth and infants in care: Maternity under
           stress
    • Abstract: Harrison, Celine; Harries, Maria; Liddiard, Mark
      This paper focuses on the removal and placement in state care of newborns and infants. National child protection data show a growing proportion of infants entering care. Pre-birth provides an unparalleled opportunity for early intervention. Arguably, the removal of infants from their mothers undermines this opportunity and unarguably, creates cascading negative effects on women and their families. Western Australia is used as a case study wherein data over a seven-year period details an increase in infants entering care. This paper presents these data and examines the policy text to identify how they portray the problem of risk to infants, represent their mothers and shape practice. The findings suggest a lack of attention to the interdependence of the mother-infant relationship and the needs of vulnerable women. Being exploratory and interpretive, these findings constitute a guide for alternative representations and solutions that promote the health and wellbeing of the mother-child unit.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - Response to broadley et al., the ethical obligations of
           research with vulnerable young people who have dependent children
    • Abstract: Mendes, Philip; Snow, Pamela; Baidawi, Susan
      In our article in Communities, Children and Families Australia (Mendes, Snow and Baidawi, 2014), we noted that care leavers are a traumatised group of young people recovering from childhood abuse, whose needs have been sorely neglected by policy makers and under-resourced by service providers. We argued that interviewing care leavers, whilst certainly not without risks, gives voice in the public sphere to their traumatic and sometimes confronting experiences. Indeed, many care leavers have commented in interviews that they hope an airing of their needs and experiences will influence improvements in policy and practice and, hence, benefit other young people leaving care in the future. So it is imperative that research strategies and procedures serve to advance the rights of care leavers, and do not in any way exploit their participation, or worsen their existing distress.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - The ethical obligations of research with vulnerable
           young people who have dependent children
    • Abstract: Broadley, Karen; Hunt, Susan; Goddard, Chris; Mudaly, Neerosh
      In their 2014 article, Mendes, Snow, and Baidawi explored the ethical challenges of conducting research with young people who have been in out-of-home care. The heightened vulnerability of care leavers presents researchers with major ethical complexities, with little research to assist them. These complexities are magnified when care leavers are parents, and responsible for the care and protection of their own very young children. Although we commend Mendes and his colleagues for examining these issues, we are concerned that their paper focuses on why researchers should not report suspicions of child abuse and neglect, or violent crime, yet provides virtually no reasons why they must. Our response to their paper provides the legal, ethical and moral imperatives for researchers to report suspicions of child abuse and neglect.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 9 Issue 2 - How women perceive men who attend domestic violence
           programs
    • Abstract: Gray, Rebecca M; Broady, Timothy R; Gaffney, Irene; Lewis, Pamela
      Since 2010, Relationships Australia (NSW) has conducted a mixed methods evaluation of their domestic violence group program: Taking Responsibility. This article explores 21 interviews with women (the partners and former partners of clients) gathered at program completion. Key findings indicated the complex nature of change within ongoing relationship dynamics, particularly the interplay between client motivation and their partner's new found knowledge about relationships gained from victim/survivor groups. This increased awareness had the tendency to reduce women's tolerance of their partners' behaviour, and their expectations about their ongoing relationships. This article contributes to what is known about service responses to domestic violence, through the qualitative accounts of women.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Jul 2016 22:52:21 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Guidelines for Contributors
    • PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Kinship Care for Children in New South Wales
    • Abstract: Zhou, Albert; Paxman, Marina; Chen, Shuling; Chilvers, Marilyn
      This article presents the results of a recent analysis of New South Wales (NSW) Department of Human Services, Community Services (CS) client data concerning children in kinship care in NSW. Its purpose is to provide a general picture of the characteristics of children placed in kinship care and their trajectory through the child welfare system. Children from certain demographic groups were found to be more likely than others to be placed in kinship care. Indigenous children, regardless of gender, aged less than 15 years were more likely to be first placed in kinship care. Comparisons were drawn between kinship care and foster care, and findings are compared and contrasted to those from studies conducted elsewhere. Kinship care placements are typically of longer duration and are associated with lower re-entry rates.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Foster Carer Experiences of Leaving Foster Care in the
           Australian Capital Territory
    • Abstract: Thomson, Lorraine; McArthur, Morag
      Meeting the demand for foster care homes is recognised as an ongoing challenge in Australia and internationally. Understanding the needs of foster care families and supporting them in this important role is central to meeting this demand. This article reports on qualitative data from a small study of former foster carers in the Australian Capital Territory (ACT) who were interviewed about their reasons for leaving foster care. The results are consistent with those of larger studies, which indicate a complex interplay of foster care related and life event related reasons for leaving the foster caring role. The quality of support received and the extent to which it is perceived to meet the individual needs of the foster care family is critical. Relationship based practice is a practice approach that may facilitate this support. Transparent and respectful foster carer exit processes are vital to the wellbeing of both the former foster carers and the care system.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - From Inspiration to Action: The Shaken Baby Prevention
           Project in Western Sydney
    • Abstract: Tolliday, Fran; Simons, Martine; Foley, Sue; Benson, Suzanne; Stephens, Amanda; Rose, Donna
      The Shaken Baby Prevention Project developed an audiovisual based education strategy to inform parents, carers, perinatal health educators and other stakeholders about the dangers of shaking a baby combined with knowledge about positive and safe strategies to respond to a crying baby. The three-minute animated film and the accompanying brochure and poster were collaboratively developed by professionals, community members and parent representatives. The resources were designed to promote positive parental attributions towards an infant by increasing understanding of crying as normal behaviour rather than indicating that the baby is naughty, spoilt or demanding. Our hope is that the new knowledge will encourage reflection and, as a result, an empathic and safe response to a crying baby. The resources were trialled in a range of hospital and community settings with over 180 parent and professional participants. Questionnaire measurements were undertaken pre and post the participants viewing the film and receiving the brochure. The results indicated that participants' attributions about a crying baby and their knowledge of the negative impact of shaking changed significantly, and this change was sustained at the three-month follow-up. The film is now being used in clinical, medical and university settings around the world.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Women's Stories of Collaboration between Domestic
           Violence and Mental Health Services
    • Abstract: Laing, Lesley; Irwin, Jude; Toivonen, Cherie
      The connection between domestic violence and mental ill health has been well-established yet domestic violence and mental health services often experience difficulty in working effectively together. Tension between these service sectors can contribute to poor outcomes for women who live with both domestic violence and a mental illness. This has implications for children's wellbeing and development because children's resilience to exposure to domestic violence is linked to their mother's mental health. Based on a qualitative analysis of in-depth interviews with 33 women who experienced both domestic violence and mental health concerns/ illness, this article outlines women's experiences of their contacts with domestic violence and mental health services. It identifies barriers to service collaboration and pinpoints changes that could lead to much more comprehensive responses to women.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Supporting Rights-based Ideas in Policy and Practice
    • Abstract: Connolly, Marie; Ward, Tony
      Principles of human rights rest at the heart of social justice and notions of an inclusive society. This article seeks to refocus practice attention on the issue of human rights and the ways in which rights-based ideas can be integrated across practice, policy and legal domains. It argues that creating systems in which critical components mutually reinforce rights-based ideas will be more likely to have the depth of influence required to shift thinking toward rights-based practice and maintain its endurance over time.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Child Protection in Australia: It's Better than You
           Think
    • Abstract: Berry, Marianne
      The outstanding that Australia has played in child protection as compared to the U.S. is discussed. The key aspects and features of a strong network of services established by the Australian government for children and families aimed at preventing poor outcomes for children are highlighted.

      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 2 - Child Abuse and Neglect and Their Underlying Causes
           Require Multiple Lenses with Which to Fully Understand Them
    • Abstract: McArthur, Morag
      PubDate: Mon, 11 Apr 2011 16:13:42 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - Guidelines for Contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - A Lantern on the Stern: Drawing Inference from the Way
           We Protect Children
    • Abstract: Babington, Brian
      The immense value of nurturing and protecting children, the way they were treated and the policies that needs to be adopted by the government and societies for betterment of the children is discussed. The abuse and neglect and the failure of adults to discharge properly their duty of care to minors is mentioned.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - Step by Step: Working Together to Increase the Safety
           and Life Chances of Children Whose Parents Misuse Substances
    • Abstract: McArthur, Morag; Winkworth, Gail
      Parental alcohol and drug misuse is increasingly recognised as having major implications for children's safety and wellbeing. More than half the children currently reported to child protection authorities throughout Australia live in families where drug and alcohol use is an identified issue. However, parental substance misuse rarely exists alone; it is more likely to be one of a number of underlying and interrelated factors that contribute to unsafe environments. This paper outlines the features of unsafe environments for children where drug and alcohol misuse is an identified issue. It argues that just as the harms suffered by children arise from complex interrelated factors, so too should interventions to address children's needs be collaborative and interlinked. To increase the safety and life chances of children, it is critical that drug and alcohol and other adult focused services view adults who use their services as parents and family members as well as individuals and actively work with them and others to build parenting capacity. Using a model of developmental collaboration, this paper presents four case studies that highlight different ways of working. The case studies represent a range of different contexts: mainstream and specialised drug and alcohol services changing the way they work; cross-sectoral policy development; and a specialised initiative that takes an integrated approach to keeping very young children safe. Discussion of each of these case studies is framed by what we know increases collaborative approaches.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - Homelessness and Child Wellbeing
    • Abstract: Gibson, Christine
      In 1989, the Burdekin report entitled Our homeless children (Burdekin, 1989) highlighted the plight of homeless children and young people. Twenty years later, increasing numbers of children and their families are not only homeless but confronting a range of issues such as parental substance misuse, mental illness and domestic violence. Recent policy directions in the white paper on homelessness entitled The road home: A national approach to reducing homelessness (Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs [FaHCSIA], 2008) place greater emphasis on the needs of homeless children and young people. This paper identifies some innovative and promising approaches to lessen the incidence, duration and impact of homelessness.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - 'Mental Health Is One Issue. The Child Is Another
           Issue. Issues Bounce Back and Clash Against Each Other': Facilitating
           Collaboration between Child Protection and Mental Health Services
    • Abstract: Arney, Fiona; Zufferey, Carole; Lange, Ruth
      Parental mental health problems are identified in a significant proportion of families coming into contact with child protection services. A number of innovative responses have been developed to facilitate collaboration between the mental health and child welfare sectors and to enhance the skills of individual practitioners to be able to work across mental health and child protection issues. This paper looks in detail at one such initiative - the Mental Health Liaison Project - to examine the factors that help and hinder such an intersectoral approach. It includes the perspectives of practitioners and clients of the service. The findings are used to provide direction for future work involving the intersection of child-focused and adult-focused services.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - May Do, Should Do, Can Do: Collaboration between
           Commonwealth and State Service Systems for Vulnerable Children
    • Abstract: Winkworth, Gail; White, Michael
      The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (Council of Australian Governments [COAG], 2009) recognises that, despite significant investment in family support and child protection, separate efforts by service systems still fail many children and young people. A major shift in government policy, it lays a foundation for working together across Commonwealth and state boundaries. However, collaborative models within state jurisdictions are at best emergent in Australia and are even more scarce across Commonwealth and state jurisdictions. In this paper, the authors set out the case for collaboration between Commonwealth family relationship and state child protection and family support systems. Drawing on Moore's Public Value model (Moore, 2000), together with other literature of specific relevance to collaboration, they propose a theoretical framework for examining the status of collaboration across these systems in two Victorian localities. Consultations with service providers indicate that there are lessons to be learned from existing successful partnerships, especially the use of multiple channels for communication. These are dedicated positions that work in the interface between systems and roundtables which regularly bring people together to address complex issues. However, in specifically answering the questions posed by the theoretical framework, the authors found that although there are creative examples of working together within and between services, overall collaboration between state and Commonwealth systems is at best emergent. The authors argue that, if these emergent collaborations are to expand, there is a need for action in three key areas: policy and legislative authorisation of collaboration (what may be done); common agreement on the value of collaboration (what should be done); and specific actions to support collaboration (what can be done). The paper proposes that the elements of the framework used in this project could also provide the basis for analysing the status of cross-sectoral collaboration and for implementing improved collaboration in other localities and contexts. With this in mind, the authors have included a tool that services and funding agencies can use to assess the readiness of service systems to undertake collaborative engagements.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 5 Issue 1 - '... Service Delivery Organisations and Their
           Practitioner Workforces Need the Resources and the Values, Knowledge and
           Skills to Turn the 'Joined Up' Rhetoric into Reality'
    • Abstract: Scott, Dorothy
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - Guidelines for Contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - Smacking: Is it Child Discipline or a Child Protection
           Issue'
    • Abstract: Reid, Elsa; Davies, Carmel
      Smacking is a contentious issue that often provokes a debate between children's and parents' rights. However, smacking is rarely seen from the legal or health promotion perspective within the nursing literature. This paper looks at smacking as physical discipline from a legal rather than a rights perspective. The discussion highlights an association between smacking and child abuse. Further, by distinguishing between discipline and corporal punishment, the aims of discipline and some of the effects of using corporal punishment on children are reviewed. The current Australian position on smacking within a health promotion framework is explored and specific examples are cited. In conclusion, the role of health promotion, particularly as used by child health nurses, in altering the transgenerational tendency to use smacking as a form of discipline is discussed and supported.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - Permanency Planning Decision-making for Sibling Groups:
           A Systematic Review of the Literature
    • Abstract: Kane, Jacinta; Darlington, Yvonne
      Permanency planning has become a key feature of child protection systems throughout the world. A core principle of permanency planning is that maintaining stability and continuity of relationships promotes children's growth and functioning. Given this focus on the continuity of relationships, a key challenge for child protection workers making permanency decisions is to consider the role and importance of sibling relationships. This paper presents a systematic review of published research on sibling placements and relationships for children in care. The method is a core component of any systematic review, providing the basis for a rigorous review and also allowing replication. Thus, the paper includes details of the question refinement, search strategy, inclusion criteria and assessments of relevance and quality. Screening of articles identified 11 studies for inclusion in the systematic review. Included studies varied significantly in methodology, definition of siblings and key findings. The review highlights the paucity of research in relation to sibling groups in care and the need for further research in this area to inform permanency planning decision-making.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - Foster Carers' Perceptions of the Effects of Parental
           Contact upon Children's Psychosocial Wellbeing in Long-term Foster Care
    • Abstract: Osborn, Alexandra L; Delfabbro, Paul H
      This study examined the perceived effects of parental visitation upon the psychosocial adjustment of 56 children in South Australian foster care. Foster carers were selected to ensure inclusion of placements involving both young (4-9 years) and older children (10+ years) of both genders. The results showed that foster parents were generally pessimistic about the value of family contact. This discontent arose not so much from concerns about the logistics and contact arrangements, but from the perceived effects of family contact upon children's short-term psychological adjustment and the extent to which biological parents undermined the integrity of the foster home. Although children were not generally perceived to be in danger during contact, most biological parents were seen as poor role models and were considered to have a negative influence on children's behaviour and attachment to the foster family. These results are discussed in terms of their implications for policies and practices governing the recruitment and training of foster carers as well as the maintenance of satisfactory contact arrangements.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - A 'Stock and Flow' Analysis of Australian Child
           Protection Data
    • Abstract: Tilbury, Clare
      While the number and rate of children in out-of-home care in Australia has increased significantly in recent years, the number of children entering care each year has decreased in many jurisdictions. This highlights the need to consider both prevalence and incidence (also known as 'stock and flow') data in understanding trends in the care system. Such analyses provide a more accurate and dynamic picture of the current system drivers. The main reason for the trend of rising prevalence alongside stable incidence rates at entry to care is the increasing length of time children stay in care.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - Major Social Change Required to Improve Child and Youth
           Wellbeing
    • Abstract: Emerson, Lance
      The ARACY Report Card on the wellbeing of young Australians has ranked Australia as average or on the lower side in child and youth wellbeing outcomes as compared to other developed countries. The only way to improve child and youth wellbeing is through a population-level societal change, led through social marketing and other primary prevention initiatives, that will make a difference to the future of young Australians.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 2 - '...Need to Understand What is Actually Happening for
           Children in Australia and How Little We Actually Know'
    • Abstract: Winkworth, Gail
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Rejoinder: A Responsive Approach to Child Protection
    • Abstract: Braithwaite, Valerie; Harris, Nathan; Ivec, Mary
      Our article was intended to question the "regulatory" assumptions, whether acknowledged or unacknowledged, that underpin the operation of current child protection systems. Approaching child protection as a form of regulation is in itself a fairly uncommon approach, and orienting the debate around the unique questions that this perspective might ask is important in its own right. We hoped to elicit new thinking about the principles that governments and other actors might want to endorse to engage in a more fundamental debate about the aims and justifications of intervening in the lives of families. In doing so, we very partially outlined elements of responsive regulation theory (Ayres & Braithwaite, 1992; Braithwaite, 2002), which has guided our own recent thinking in this area. The invitation to write a rejoinder presents an opportunity to outline some elements of what we think might be key to a responsive regulation approach. Many of the points made by other contributors to the special edition resonate with these ideas, and some of the concerns might also be addressed through providing further detail.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Regulatory Principles and Reforming Possibilities in
           Child Protection: What Might be in the Best Interests of Children'
    • Abstract: Scott, Dorothy
      Clarifying and applying principles related to responsive regulation offers some new possibilities for reforming Australia's struggling and unsustainable child protection systems at a time when the climate may be more conducive to change than in the past. However, there are two major challenges. One is the knowledge gap in relation to determining whether child protection policy based on responsive regulation delivers better outcomes for children. The other is the need to encompass within a responsive regulation framework population based preventive strategies that can reduce the risk factors associated with child abuse and neglect

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - How Child Centred are Our Child Protection Systems and
           How Child Centred Do We Want Our Child Protection Regulatory Principles To
           Be'
    • Abstract: Parton, Nigel
      The paper by Valerie Braithwaite, Nathan Harris and Mary Ivec is important. It recognises that many of the stresses and difficulties experienced by child protection systems in Australia and other English-speaking countries result from a failure to satisfactorily address some of the fundamental regulatory principles on which the systems are based. Their paper discusses three key functions which any system needs to consider seriously: identifying the purposes of intervention; justifying the intervention in a way that is respectful of broader principles of democratic governance; and understanding how the informal regulatory system intersects with the formal child protection system. These are all issues with which I have been intimately concerned over a number of years in an English context (e.g., Parton, 1985; 1991; 2006; Frost & Parton, 2009) and, increasingly, internationally (Lonne et al., 2009).. Any attempts to consider the future principles and purposes of child protection systems should place the views and experiences of children and young people at the centre. I argue that in order to advance the arguments presented by Braithwaite, Harris and Ivec (this issue), two additional questions need serious consideration: (1) how child centred are our child protection systems' and (2) how child centred do we want our child protection regulatory principles to be' Unless we try to address these questions, our regulatory principles, however responsive, will continue to be "adult-centric". Before doing so, I will briefly analyse what I see are some of the key contextual issues that inform the operation of contemporary child protection systems in the English-speaking world. This will help us understand their adult-centric nature.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Critical Questions about the Quest for Clarity in Child
           Protection Regimes
    • Abstract: Healy, Karen
      This paper is a response to the article by Braithwaite, Harris and Ivec (this issue) entitled "Seeking to Clarify Child Protection's Regulatory Principles". While I agree with their observations about the capacity of child protection systems to exacerbate harm to vulnerable children and their families, I raise critical questions about the authors' proposed directions for reform. I take issue with the position of Braithwaite et al. (this issue) that clarification of the purpose and responsibilities of child protection regimes will reduce their potential for harm. Drawing on examples from recent reforms in the Queensland child protection system, I argue that the quest for clarity can lead to a dangerous oversimplification of the purpose and nature of child protection systems. I contend that any attempt to clarify the regulatory principles of child protection systems must also embrace the inherent complexity of these systems.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - The Downside of Regulation and the Opportunities for
           Public Engagement about the Care and Protection of Children
    • Abstract: Harries, Maria
      In this response I embrace the theoretical challenges presented by Braithwaite, Harris and Ivec in their depiction of child protection as a series of regulatory processes and in so doing acknowledge that there are numerous problems that have become apparent as child protection regulatory frameworks have expanded and consolidated worldwide. I argue that urgent review of the regulatory systems of child protection is indeed required and that this could well be undertaken using the concept of 'responsive regulation'. Finally, I suggest that such an analysis could usefully accommodate contemporary stakeholder views and research on the paradigms, assumptions, processes and outcomes associated with contemporary child protection practices.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Beyond Political Imperatives and Rhetoric in Child
           Protection Decision-making
    • Abstract: Delfabbro, Paul
      This article provides a response to the critique by Braithwaite et al. (this issue) of current approaches to child welfare in Australia and other similar countries. The present paper underscores concerns that political imperatives and media scrutiny have led to a system that focuses more strongly on protecting children, minimising risk and assessing families rather than the provision of community-level interventions to prevent abuse and enhance child wellbeing. The paper highlights the difficulties associated with a sole reliance on self-regulatory systems in the child protection context. Drawing from evidence related to actual intervention or out-of-home care cases, this paper draws attention to the need for balance in the child protection system. Although there may be evidence of over-regulation and extension in current government practices in many cases, the variety of family problems and complexity in cases suggests the need for a mixture of regulatory systems. Finally, while the paper agrees that risk assessment tools and "need-based" approaches to resource allocation have led to an overemphasis on tertiary interventions at the expense of prevention, it is argued that risk assessment and tools (if used appropriately and in context) have a place in primary interventions, as is certainly the case in the broader area of public health provision.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Professional Responses: Who Does What in Domestic
           Violence and Child Protection'
    • Abstract: Connolly, Marie
      In recent years most English speaking child protection jurisdictions have seen significant increases in the number of children reported in situations of domestic violence. A child's exposure to witnessing domestic violence in the home consequently been framed as a child protection issue. This article explores a number of questions relating to this: is a child protection intervention justified in these situations'; does the child protection approach provide the most responsive regulatory framework'; and do we have the right service responses to facilitate change' In considering these questions the article suggests the need for more nuanced family violence systems responses.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Relational Aspects in the Regulation of Systems for
           Protecting Children
    • Abstract: Cashmore, Judy
      One of the key points Braithwaite, Harris and Ivec (this issue) make is that the formal child protection system, with its largely coercive approach, intrudes upon and discourages the informal regulatory and self-regulatory processes in families and communities. An essential element of these processes is the way relationships are managed, and these relational aspects are the focus of this commentary. Relational features are central to several aspects of regulation outlined by Braithwaite et al. (this issue) the purpose, consequences and manner of intervention of formal regulatory processes in the child protection system. In particular, providing families and children affected by the decision-making process a chance to be heard; protecting children's relationships with those who are important to them; and building networks around children in care are essential relational features of a system that is respectful and supportive.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Who's Regulating Whom' Challenges to Families
           Looking after Their Children
    • Abstract: Burford, Gale
      Like the systems in place to scrutinise them, families have experienced an increasingly complex landscape of challenges, expectations and assumptions in self-regulating. This paper unpacks what is meant by "family" in this context and examines what happens when parents and extended family attempt to self-regulate in the face of a system that is built on regulatory formalism. Evidence suggests that many more parents, family members and other non-government supports are willing to step up to help families self-regulate in child protection than happens at present. The bigger challenge would seem to be creating responsive and transparent systems that enlist and support their efforts rather than exclude and undermine them.

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - Seeking to Clarify Child Protection's Regulatory
           Principles
    • Abstract: Braithwaite, Valerie; Harris, Nathan; Ivec, Mary
      Child protection systems are expected to scrutinise the care offered to children and to coordinate the provision of improved quality of care. They are under stress in many developed countries with burgeoning case loads and a mixture of positive and negative outcomes. Because child protection systems seek to change the course of parenting, they can be thought of as highly formalised regulatory systems that cut across one of our most entrenched informal systems how parents raise children. This paper asks whether the stress experienced by child protection workers, support agencies and families alike is associated in part with failures to satisfactorily address three basic regulatory principles: identifying the purposes of the intervention; justifying the intervention in a way that is respectful of broader principles of democratic governance; and understanding how the informal regulatory system intersects with the formal child protection system. Child protection interventions are plagued by multiple purposes that are not necessarily compatible; non-transparent processes; and a high risk of counter-productive outcomes

      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 4 Issue 1 - " The Question of Trust and Relationships is a Key
           Message in All of These Thoughtful Papers."
    • Abstract: McArthur, Morag; Winkworth, Gail
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 3 Issue 2 - Guidelines for Contributors
    • PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 3 Issue 2 - Could Your Research Be Making a Difference'
    • PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
  • Volume 3 Issue 2 - Australia's Welfare Wars Revisited: The Players, the
           Politics and the Ideologies [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Jones, Tony Schumacher
      PubDate: Thu, 10 Feb 2011 15:05:07 GMT
       
 
 
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