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A Practical Logic of Cognitive Systems     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 7)
Abant İzzet Baysal Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitüsü Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Abordajes : Revista de Ciencias Sociales y Humanas     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Akademik İncelemeler Dergisi     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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Analysis     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 4)
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Around the Globe     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Arquivos do CMD : Cultura, Memória e Desenvolvimento     Open Access  
Articulo - Journal of Urban Research     Open Access   (Followers: 4)
Asia Pacific Journal of Sport and Social Science     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
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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)
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Australian Journal of Emergency Management     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 8)
Australian Journal on Volunteering     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 1)
Balkan Journal of Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Bandung : Journal of the Global South     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
BARATARIA. Revista Castellano-Manchega de Ciencias sociales     Open Access  
Basic and Applied Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 37)
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: 32)
Bildhaan : An International Journal of Somali Studies     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
BMC Medical Ethics     Open Access   (Followers: 16)
Bodhi : An Interdisciplinary Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Body Image     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 13)
BOGA : Basque Studies Consortium Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
Boletín Cultural y Bibliográfico     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Border Crossing : Transnational Working Papers     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Brain and Cognition     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 34)
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British Review of New Zealand Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Bulletin de l’Institut Français d’Études Andines     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Caderno CRH     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
California Italian Studies Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 5)
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: 9)
Catholic Social Science Review     Open Access   (Followers: 3)
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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: 6)
Ciencia e Interculturalidad     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
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: 2)
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   (Followers: 3)
Cognitive and Behavioral Practice     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 11)
Colección Académica de Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Colonial Academic Alliance Undergraduate Research Journal     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Communication, Politics & Culture     Open Access   (Followers: 13)
Communities, Children and Families Australia     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 2)
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: 13)
Contribuciones desde Coatepec     Open Access  
Convergencia     Open Access  
Corporate Reputation Review     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 4)
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: 12)
Critical Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 6)
Critical Studies     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 10)
Critical Studies on Terrorism     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 26)
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  
Cuadernos Interculturales     Open Access  
Cultural Studies Review     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 16)
Cultural Trends     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 17)
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  
Debats. Revista de cultura, poder i societat     Open Access  
Demographic Research     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
Derecho y Ciencias Sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desacatos     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Desafios     Open Access  
Desenvolvimento em Questão     Open Access  
Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 20)
Development     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 16)
Diálogo     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
DIFI Family Research and Proceedings     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Discourse & Society     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 65)
Distinktion : Scandinavian Journal of Social Theory     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 8)
Doct-Us Journal     Open Access  
Drustvena istrazivanja     Open Access   (Followers: 2)
Dynamics of Asymmetric Conflict: Pathways toward terrorism and genocide     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 15)
E-Dimas : Jurnal Pengabdian Kepada Masyarakat     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
e-Gnosis     Open Access  
e-Hum : Revista das Áreas de Humanidade do Centro Universitário de Belo Horizonte     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
E-Journal of Cultural Studies     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: 9)
Electoral Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 30)
Electronic Journal of Radical Organisation Theory     Full-text available via subscription   (Followers: 3)
Empiria. Revista de metodología de ciencias sociales     Open Access   (Followers: 1)
Encuentros Multidisciplinares     Open Access  
Enseñanza de las Ciencias Sociales     Open Access  
Entramado     Open Access  
Equality, Diversity and Inclusion : An International Journal     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 14)
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: 8)
Ethnic and Racial Studies     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 40)
Ethnobotany Research & Applications : a journal of plants, people and applied research     Open Access   (Followers: 6)
eTropic : electronic journal of studies in the tropics     Open Access  
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: 31)
European Online Journal of Natural and Social Sciences     Open Access   (Followers: 11)
European Review of Latin American and Caribbean Studies - Revista Europea de Estudios Latinoamericanos y del Caribe     Open Access   (Followers: 5)
European Review of Social Psychology     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 12)
European View     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 1)
European Yearbook of Minority Issues Online     Hybrid Journal   (Followers: 5)

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Journal Cover Developing Practice : The Child, Youth and Family Work Journal
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  • Issue 46 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Matheson, Iain
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - The importance of individual personal factors: The experiences
           of care leavers who went to university
    • Abstract: Matheson, Iain
      With the recent launch of the Home Stretch campaign, several new and important Australian and New Zealand publications (for example, Deloitte Access Economics, 2016; Mendes and Snow, 2016; Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Panel, 2015; Murray, 2015), and the New Zealand Government's decision to enact legislation to extend the (foster) care leaving age to 21 (Office of the Minister of Social Development, 2016), the focus upon the needs of Australasian care leavers has arguably never been stronger. Completing schooling and engaging in post- secondary education and/or training, are also widely recognised as having a critical role to play in many or most care leavers' achieving better outcomes (Courtney, Dworsky, Brown, Love, and Vorhies, 2011; Jackson and Cameron, 2012, 2014; Stein, 2006).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - Going to university from care: An endurance event'
    • Abstract: Jurczyszyn, Reeny
      Drawing on my thesis study (Jurczyszyn 2013), I present selected findings which shed light on how care leavers can be better supported in their pursuit of higher and further education. In this paper I focus on the role of graduate endurance, exploring how, despite the odds, a small number of care leavers successfully transition from OOHC to higher education. It is hoped that this discussion contributes to the formulation of policy and practice designed to increase educational opportunity and encouragement, and assistance and support, for these young people.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - Navigating opportunities for young people in care
    • Abstract: Peel, Nicole
      This paper serves to add to the growing amount of research being undertaken on the needs of young people in care in relation to accessing higher education. The paper raises the issue of aspirations of young people in care and addresses whether these should be given more attention. It reviews the needs of young people in care in respect to their aspirations for higher education and discusses their political and public importance.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - Care leavers in Australian higher education: Towards
           evidence-based practice
    • Abstract: Harvey, Andrew; Andrewartha, Lisa; Luckman, Michael
      The educational disadvantage faced by care leavers is well documented (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2016; Cashmore, Paxman, and Townsend, 2007; CREATE Foundation, 2006; Mendis, Gardner, and Lehmann, 2014). The extent of disadvantage is reflected in the fact that only one per cent of Australian care leavers are currently estimated to transition into higher education, compared to 26% of young people in the general population (Mendes, Michell, and Wilson, 2014). Once enrolled at university, many care leavers are likely to require specific, tailored support to fulfil their academic, social, financial, residential and other needs (Jackson, Ajayi, and Quigley, 2005). Assessing these needs, and developing the services required to support them, relies on talking directly to care leaver students and understanding the barriers and motivators to academic achievement. Despite this requirement, Australian university equity practitioners currently face a paucity of evidence around the identity, needs, and educational attainment of their care leaver students. The absence of such information limits the ability of practitioners to develop targeted resources, to train and educate other university staff about this group, and to attract and recruit additional students. In this article we outline the specificity of care leaver student needs, and suggest three ways that evidence could be gathered to inform and improve higher education practice.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - Piloting the effectiveness of online foster carer training
    • Abstract: Broady, Timothy R; Stoyles, Gerard; McKee, Tammy; Ewington, Alison; McMullan, Kim
      Providing foster care is widely acknowledged as a challenging task. Foster carers often experience significant caregiving demands, due to problem behaviour exhibited by children in out-of-home care (OOHC) (Alexandris, Hammond, and McKay, 2013; Bernedo, Salas, Fuentes, and Garcia- Martin, 2014; Dubois-Comtois et al., 2015; Greeno et al., in press; Octoman and McLean, 2014; Octoman, McLean, and Sleep, 2014; Vanschoonlandt, Vanderfaeillie, Van Holen, De Maeyer, and Robberechts, 2013). Challenges can also arise in managing interactions with the foster care agencies that hold significant authority within placements (Riggs, 2015). Previous research has argued that foster carer self-efficacy and competence are strongly linked to decreased burnout, increased satisfaction and enhanced retention (MacGregor, Rodger, Cummings, and Leschied, 2006; Whenan, Oxlad, and Lushington, 2009). It has therefore been argued that foster carers require specialised, ongoing training to effectively address the potential issues that can arise in providing OOHC, most notably in relation to foster children's early childhood experiences (Davies, Webber, and Briskman, 2014; Pacifici, Delaney, White, Nelson, and Cummings, 2006).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - Education support for children in out-of-home care: Reflections
           on the Wesley Dalmar model
    • Abstract: Lee, Lisa; Jaeger, Anthony
      Wesley Dalmar recognises that education is an essential part of every child's development and one of the primary forces of success in their future lives. However, as we know, statistically the education outcomes of children and young people in care are much lower than those in the general population (for example, Cameron, Connelly, and Jackson, 2015; Harvey and Testro, 2006; Mendis, Gardner, and Lehmann, 2015; OHiggins, Sebba, and Luke, 2015; Wise, Pollock, Mitchell, Argus, and Farquhar, 2010). Wesley Dalmar aims to improve the education outcomes of children in care by offering specialist support through our Education Consultants and other stakeholders.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - The madness Australian c protection: Why adoption will rescue
           Australia's underclass children [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Thoburn, June
      Review(s) of: The madness Australian child protection: Why adoption will rescue Australia's underclass children, by Jeremy Sammut.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - Caring for kids
    • Abstract:
      The Caring for Kids website is one of the components of the Child Story Platform initiated by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services and is designed for use by families and carers of children and young people in out-of-home care.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 46 - An exploration of the feasibility of a national database to
           identify children potentially beyond the attention of the authorities in
           Australia
    • Abstract: Gillingham, Philip
      In an edition of 7.30, a current affairs television program, broadcast by the ABC on 20 November 2015, the case was presented by journalist, Natalie Whiting, that, in order to protect the children of Australia, a national database containing the names of all children be created. The item was in response to the identification of the remains of two-year-old Khandalyce Pierce, found near a suitcase beside a highway in South Australia. Khandalyce had been dead for seven years and one strand to the item was the difficulty police had in identifying her remains. The other strand was concern that no-one had noticed that Khandalyce had gone missing, as summarised in the introduction to the item.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - Educational outcomes for children in care: Comparisons of
           Naplan results for children in care with the general population
    • Abstract: Chambers, Sam; Hunter, Nicole
      Education is recognised as a cornerstone of social progress and individual empowerment. In his address at the launch of the Mindset Network, Nelson Mandela remarked that education is the most powerful weapon we can use to change the world (Mandela, 2003). While Mandela was referring more broadly to education's role in reforming societies, the expression speaks aptly to the potential of education for the child or young person whose world has too often been bereft of many supportive experiences offered by a stable, non-abusive environment. Equipping these children with the benefits of education can be transformative (Gilligan, 1998); education is integral to their overall development and wellbeing, and provides a gateway to future employment and life opportunities (Tilbury, Creed, Buys, Osmond, and Crawford, 2014).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - Improving the educational outcomes of children and young people
           in out-of-home care: Lessons from a review of policy approaches in
           Australia and overseas
    • Abstract: Beauchamp, Toni
      This paper focuses on the policy changes needed to improve the educational experiences and outcomes of children and young people in out-of- home care (OOHC) in Australia. It reviews promising approaches being used in Australia (Victoria and South Australia) and overseas in the United States (US) and United Kingdom (UK).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Matheson, Iain
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - The TEACHaR program: Achieving better education outcomes for
           children and young people in out- of-home care
    • Abstract: David, Laura; Wise, Sarah
      There is a growing body of international and national research on the topic of outcomes among children and young people who have experienced out-of- home care (OOHC). These children and young people are vulnerable to a range of adverse outcomes, which include an increased risk of school disengagement and underachievement compared to the student community generally (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW] 2015; Department of Education and Early Childhood Development, 2001; Ferguson and Wolkow, 2012; Fernandez, 2009; Murray and Goddard, 2014; Pecora, 2012; Riggs, 2010).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - Education and out-of-home care transitions
    • Abstract: Townsend, Michelle L; Cashmore, Judy; Graham, Anne
      In Australia there are 43,400 children and young people in out-of-home care (care), mostly due to parental incapacity, abuse and neglect (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2015). These children experience a number of significant changes in their lives in terms of who they live with, where they live, and for school-aged children, often changes in school. These changes are beyond the normative transitions that are common in the lives of children.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - 3rs+: Improving the primary school years of Australian children
           in out- of-home care
    • Abstract: McNamara, Patricia
      A positive learning experience in the primary school years can act as a powerful protector of lifelong wellbeing. Later outcomes, including secondary school achievements, transition to tertiary education, enhanced employment and life opportunities almost always build on firm educational foundations (Fernandez et al., 2013-2016; Harvey, McNamara, Luckman, and Andrewartha, 2015; Mendis, Gardner, and Lehmann, 2014; Smith and McLean, 2013). The traditional 3Rs of literacy and numeracy ('reading, riting and rithmatic') are still acknowledged as core stepping stones in learning; life and social skills, culture, physicality, self-knowledge, even a 'virtuous' moral code, and more, also need to be developing appropriately by the point of high school transition. Yet for children growing up with the state 'in loco parentis', educational outcomes have frequently been overlooked in research and in policy and program development (Townsend, 2012; Trout, Hagaman, Casey, Reid, and Epstein, 2008; Stone, 2007).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - High-quality early childhood education and care can help
           address education inequality: Background to the early childhood in foster
           and kinship care study
    • Abstract: Wise, Sarah
      The developmental and mental health status of young children in out-of-home care.

      It is important to assess and monitor the development and mental health of young children in out-of-home care (OOHC) to ensure their needs are attended to in a timely way, and the practice of clinical assessment at entry into care utilising standardised and validated screening tools is becoming both more systematic and comprehensive across Australian state and territory child protection systems (Webster, Temple-Smith and Smith, 2012; Australian Government, 2011). However, it is not routine for assessment data to be aggregated and reported in a publically accessible form. The following picture of the behaviour and development of young children in OOHC has therefore been pieced together from published development and intervention studies in Australia and comparable jurisdictions overseas. It should be noted that differences in research methods, children's ages and the application of clinical cut-offs mean that results from studies using the same assessment tools may not be directly corn parable.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - Improving access to further and higher education for young
           people in public care: European policy and practice [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Brannigan, Gillian
      Review(s) of: Improving access to further and higher education for young people in public care, by Sonia Jackson and Claire Cameron, European Policy and Practice.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - The need to do better with educating children in care in NSW
    • Abstract: Harris, Lottie; Urquhart, Robert
      Education is particularly important for children in care, as it is integral to their overall development and wellbeing, and provides an important gateway to future employment and life opportunities.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 45 - The international linkedin education of children in care
           network
    • Abstract: Matheson, Iain; Brady, Eavan; Connelly, Graham
      Over recent years, engagement in social media has become an increasingly important professional tool for many. Now with 400 million members, Linkedln has been a major part of this development. This article looks at one group on the Linked In platform: the Education of Children in Care Network.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - 'What hope can look like': The first 1000 days - aboriginal and
           Torres strait islander children and their families
    • Abstract: Arabena, Kerry; Panozzo, Stacey; Ritte, Rebecca
      To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and their children benefit from the international 1000 Days movement, an Australian Model of the First 1000 Days is being developed through a year-long, nationwide engagement process. This ongoing process has linked more than 300 participants from over 100 different organisations - including early-life researchers, research institutions, policy-makers and human rights activists - with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service delivery organisations, peak bodies, Eiders and families. As a result of this engagement, the Australian Model has broadened the original 1000 Days concept beyond its emphasis on improving nutrition and maternal and child health to include an Indigenous-Ied holistic and ecological framework focused on comprehensive primary health care with a case management style of approach. The Model also incorporates strong Community governance processes and the running of simultaneous strengthening interventions that focus on the family environment, increasing antenatal and early years engagement, improved data collection and access, and strategies for better service use and Provision.

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  • Issue 44 - Early intervention and the first thousand days of child
           development
    • Abstract: Moore, Tim; West, Sue
      There has been a greatly increased focus on the early years over the past couple of decades (Moore, 2014). This has been the result of greater knowledge about child development (eg. Shonkoff and Phillips, 2000), greater awareness of the consequences of differences in rates of school 'readiness' (Brinkman et al., 2012; Goldfeld et al., 2012), and economic analyses indicating that the Investments in early childhood are more productive than later Investments (Heckman, 2013).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - What road ahead': Directions and challenges for the
           national framework for protecting Australia's children 2009-2020
    • Abstract: Babington, Brian
      In December 2015, the Third Action Plan (2015-18) under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (the 'National Framework') was officially launched. This article provides an overview of the National Framework and the Third Action Plan, particularly the latter's emphasis on early Intervention with a focus on the first thousand days for a child, helping young people in out-of-home care to thrive in adulthood, and assisting organisations to respond better to children and young people to keep them safe. It concludes by discussing some key challenges facing the National Framework as a whole, and proposes the development of a long-term Investment strategy to guide national transformation on child safety and wellbeing.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Babington, Brian
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - How can child welfare and youth-serving organisations keep
           children safe'
    • Abstract: Higgins, Daryl J; Kaufman, Keith; Erooga, Marcus
      Under the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009- 2020, the Third Action Plan1 one of its three underpinning strategies is focused on assisting organisations to respond better to children and young people to keep them safe. The aim of the strategy is very practical: to 'develop tools and resources to help Services to move from a "reporting" culture to a "responding" culture to improve child safety and wellbeing', as well as to 'address barriers to information sharing to allow easier information exchange within and across jurisdictions for government and non-government agencies where there are concerns about child wellbeing'.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - To improve the life outcomes for young people transitioning
           from statutory care to independence: An international perspective
    • Abstract: Reed, Jacqueline
      Australian research indicates that young people transitioning from out-of-home care (foster, kinship, and residential) to independence have diminished life outcomes compared with those of the general population (McDowall, 2009; Mendes, Johnson, and Moslehuddin, 2011; Stein, 2012). This report aims to explore and identify the success factors that aid the transition process and to understand the potential barriers that impede young care leavers' successful post-care outcomes.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - Seeing and hearing: Embedding child rights in policy and
           practice
    • Abstract: Mitchell, Megan
      The international emergence of child rights

      To understand the nature and significance of children's rights within Australia, it is instructive to glance at key milestones in the conceptual development of human rights.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - Stronger ways of working with aboriginal children and families
    • Abstract: Blacklock, Sue; Bonser, Gillian; Hayden, Paula; Menzies, Karen; Blacklock, Clayton
      The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC Media Release March 2013) has reported that unless new approaches are adopted in child protection 'we risk another stolen generation'. Aunty Sue Blacklock, Eider, Ambassador for Children for the Australian Centre for Child Protection, and Chair of Winangay Resources believes.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - Our life, our journey: A parent's perspective of the child
           protection system [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Conroy, Stella
      Review(s) of: Our life, our journey: A parent's perspective of the child protection system, compiled by Debbie Henderson.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 44 - Are we listening': The need to facilitate participation in
           decision-making by children and young people in out-of-home care
    • Abstract: McDowall, Joseph
      Why consider involving children in decision-making'

      A major impetus for considering the involvement of children in making their own life decisions was the introduction of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC; United Nations, 1989). Since that event, there has been concerted interest in demonstrating that we as adults, and representatives of 'the System', should no longer follow the old adage that children be 'seen but not heard'; rather we are encouraged to ensure that young people have every opportunity to participate in decision-making affecting their lives. In this paper, I will explore the levels of involvement that need to be achieved before participation is recognised (as defined by theory and research); look at some areas where children's participation has been encouraged, both in research and in practice; focus on participation relevant to children and young people in out-of-home care; discuss barriers identified as inhibiting participation in the care context; and investigate how workers can facilitate meaningful involvement of children and young people in decision-making to improve positive outcomes.

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  • Issue 43 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Mendes, Philip
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Do abused children deserve investigative journalism': A
           case study
    • Abstract: Liddell, Marg; Liddell, Max
      The media role in child abuse through history. From the perspective of the early decades of the 21st century it would be easy to assume that media interest in child abuse, child protection and out-of-home care of children is a feature of recent decades. This is not correct. From the earliest years following white settlement newspapers in the various colonies showed considerable interest in such matters, especially the scandals. Certainly the issues were defined differently to the way they are today. Much was made of the street behaviour of wandering, abandoned children and the threats this posed to respectable citizens. The perceived immoral behaviour of parents likewise received heavy criticism. Rescuing children from such parents was a priority and parental poverty was blamed on the victims. The media already had a nose for scandal and this had an impact. The media highlighted problems in orphanages and issues faced by the many children apprenticed out by orphanages. Partly as a result Royal Commissions were a feature of the mid-19th century.

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  • Issue 43 - Young people transitioning from out-of-home care: A case study
           of Australian media reporting 2004-2015
    • Abstract: Mendes, Philip
      Young people transitioning from out-of-home care are universally a vulnerable group who have generally not received the ongoing care and support they need to transition successfully into independent living (Mendes, Pinkerton and Munro, 2014; Stein, 2014). Their not-so-good outcomes reflect a range of factors including pre-care experiences of abuse and neglect, the quality and stability of placements and other developmental supports provided to them by the out-of-home care system, and the level of assistance offered during and post their transition from care. Effective leaving care legislation, policies and practices can contribute significantly to enhancing their social and economic opportunities and life chances (Cashmore and Mendes, 2015).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Who saved the Bhattacharya kids': The role of Indian media
           in revoking the decision of the Norwegian child welfare services
    • Abstract: Monani, Devaki
      Highly educated and skilled individuals from India tend to migrate to Western nations in the hope of better employment prospects - particularly those that are English speaking. Many middle-class affluent Indians have a strong desire to climb the financial ladder, and believe that this can only be achieved through working in another country. The position of Indian migrants in host countries is often compromised. Their status is often reduced from upper- or middle-class in India to working class migrants in the destination country. The first barrier they encounter when they arrive in a new country is the high living costs, and depending on their visa status, may or may not have access to welfare benefits (Rutten and Verstappen, 2015).

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  • Issue 43 - Media portrayal of orphaned and vulnerable children in the
           context of South African welfare policies
    • Abstract: Swanzen, Rika; Louw, Marianne
      The African National Congress (ANC) came to power in 1994, trumpeting an ambitious Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP) that was to build a million homes, redistribute land, and provide clean water and sanitation to underdeveloped townships (Russell, 2009). The new government revisited policies to facilitate transformation towards a true democracy. A development policy for social welfare, adopted in the form of the White Paper for Social Welfare (RSA, 1997), embraced a social welfare system that is more just, equitable, participatory and appropriate in meeting the needs of all South Africans'.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Suffer little children unless more agencies get involved
    • Abstract: Horin, Adele
      Every time a child dies through abuse or neglect the Department of Community Services takes a beating. If it is not the Opposition putting the boot in, it is hysterical members of the press baying for blood.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - On the frontline
    • Abstract: Horin, Adele
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Adele Horin: A tribute to her life and work (1951-2015)
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Understanding the media's role in child abuse policy: Framing
           and agenda setting in Australian policy
    • Abstract: Wearing, Michael
      The number of child abuse reports increased by 15 per cent over the past two years, but more than half of all reports were never investigated by authorities, according to new figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. Almost 273,000 reports were made about children at risk nationally in 20 12-13, up from a low of 237,000 in 2010-11. Child welfare experts attributed the increase to greater pressures on families and a heightened awareness of abuse (Browne 2014).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - The child welfare information gateway: Using social media in
           child welfare
    • Abstract: Potten, Liz
      In today's plugged-in world, enabling youth in out-of-home care to use social media is important to helping them fit in with their peers and fostering normalcy. Moreover, social media can be a powerful tool for youth in care to express their feelings and ideas, explore their identities, learn, and find others with common experience.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Educating children and young people in care: Learning
           placements and caring schools [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Lee, Lisa; Harvey, Andrew
      Review(s) of: Educating children and young people in care: Learning placements and caring schools, by Claire Cameron, Graham Connelly and Sonia Jackson.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - The madness of Jeremy Sammut's attack on child protection
    • Abstract: Mendes, Philip
      In 2008, I published an article in the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) National Bulletin examining public criticisms of social work which emanated mostly from politically conservative sources. I noted that social workers in the child protection system were particular targets for criticism. They were criticized both for acting too promptly to remove children, and alternatively for not removing children quickly enough. I suggested that the AASW and its members needed to be more assertive in exposing and confronting unfair and stereotypical attacks on the social work profession (Mendes 2008a)

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Commentary
    • Abstract: Foote, Wendy
      Adele's writing was of the moment, reflecting immediate concerns for children who were not safe and who were not made safe, despite having been reported as at risk. Adele's columns regularly brought into view the unpalatable reality of children who live in vulnerable circumstances in our affluent society. She shone a spotlight on the detail of their lives and on the circumstances of those who were attempting to ameliorate their experience.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 43 - Images of children and young people online
    • Abstract: Australian Institute of Family Studies
      Images of children and young people online is a resource sheet published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (April 2015) and provided through the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Engaging Aboriginal fathers
    • Abstract: Stuart, Graeme; May, Chris; Hammond, Craig
      The important roles fathers play in the lives of their children, families and communities are more clearly understood now than in the past and there is increasing emphasis on father-inclusive practice as a central component of working with families (Berlyn, Wise, and Soriano, 2008; Cameron, Coady, and Hoy, 2014; Fleming and King, 2010; Fletcher, Close, Babakhani and Churchward, 2008; Fletcher, May, StGeorge, Stoker, and Oshan, 2014; Panter-Brick et al., 2014; Tehan and McDonald, 2010). Father-inclusive practice 'responds to the needs of families as a system by including fathering in all aspects of the planning and implementation of service in a manner that enables families to make optimal use of their internal family resources' (Fletcher et al., 2014, p. 5). While a range of service providers and funding bodies have demonstrated a commitment to working more closely and effectively with fathers (Beatty and Doran, 2007; Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs [FaHCSIA], 2009; Families First Northern Sydney, 2006; Family Action Centre, 2005) many practitioners and services still find it difficult to engage fathers in their services, particularly when attempting to engage Aboriginal1 fathers (Hammond, Fletcher, Lester, and Pascoe, 2003). It is especially important when discussing Aboriginal fathers to adopt a broad definition of father-to include biological fathers, social fathers (men undertaking the role of fathers including step fathers, foster fathers, pops, uncles, the partners of mothers) and father figures (Fletcher et al., 2014).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Doyle, Jennifer
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Evolving practice in intensive family support: Participant
           perspectives on uniting 'care' Tasmania's Southern outreach Newpin program
           
    • Abstract: Rosen, Jill
      Breaking the intergenerational cycle of abuse, neglect and trauma is a significant challenge faced by human services, but one that has enormous long-term social and economic benefits. From a public health perspective, many Australians are unaware of the substantial costs to society incurred by child maltreatment.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Incorporating music therapy into therapeutic residential care
    • Abstract: Higgins, Jessica
      Over the past sixty years, out-of-home care (OOHC) systems across Australia have shifted from institutionalisation to foster care and residential facilities (McLean, Price-Robertson, and Robinson, 2011). The advent of Therapeutic Residential Care (TRC) has seen residential care move from being the 'intervention of last resort' or 'containment of hard cases' towards an option of first choice for some traumatised young people.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - From their viewpoint: Children and young people on the
           attributes of esteemed foster carers
    • Abstract: Daly, Wayne
      This article is based on a presentation I gave to the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies Research and Practice Forum in Sydney on 5 November 2013. Drawing on my thesis study (Daly, 2012) I present selected findings on the views of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience on the question of 'What makes a good foster carer''.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Intensive supported playgroups: A literature and policy review
    • Abstract: Boddy, Jennifer
      To date, policies and literature associated with intensive support playgroups (ISPs) have not been reviewed. This paper synthesises this literature highlighting the benefits of these playgroups for children and the wider community and advocates for strategies to overcome the challenges and barriers they face.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Can a scheduled 15-minute school nurse appointment influence
           youth health': Evaluation from an enhanced school health service
    • Abstract: Smith, Lindsay; Taylor, Julia
      Adolescence is a time of rapid physical, psychological and social change (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2011; Sawyer et al., 2012). It is a period during which health-related behaviours can impact on a young person's current health and wellbeing and also when the foundations for future health are laid (Sawyer et al., 2012). Whilst most Australian adolescents enjoy good health, there are several health issues that are associated with this particular population. Mental health and sexually transmitted infections (STIs) are two major adolescent health concerns.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Stayin' on track
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - Supporting adult care-leavers: International good practice
           [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Stack, Melody
      Review(s) of: Supporting adult care-leavers: International good practice, by Suellen Murray Bristol, Policy Press, 2015 ISBN 978-1-4473-1364-9 (Ppbk).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 42 - The power of engagement: How family mediators can use soft
           skills to help parents resolve disputes
    • Abstract: Hewlett, Bill
      The aim of this article is to provide a practitioner's perspective on work in community-based post-separation services, with a focus on workforce development. Building upon recent research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies which describes the risks and complexity of this work, and findings from research-based evaluations of our work at Relationships Australia NSW (see Wheeler, Gray, and Hewlett, 2015), I describe the key components of a relational approach to family mediation and provide questions and interventions that frontline workers can use in their work. In what follows, I describe common case presentations, the limits of traditional forms of mediation, and the model adopted at Relationships Australia NSW to address the practical challenges of this work.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - From the guest editors
    • Abstract: Foote, Wendy; Urquhart, Robert
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - Pillars of practice: A framework for embedding the whole
           organisation in therapeutic practice
    • Abstract: McKinnon, Mary
      There is widespread recognition that children in out-of-home care - and in residential care in particular - have very poor outcomes across a range of life domains such as education and connection with family and community (Delfabbro, Barber and Cooper, 2003; Delfabbro, King and Barber, 2010; Townsend, 2007). In comparison to their peers, young people leaving care are at risk of experiencing negative life outcomes, including poor physical health, homelessness, unemployment, early pregnancy and criminality (Cashmore and Paxman, 2006; Green and Jones, 2002; Mendes, 2007). Against this backdrop, therapeutic residential care, while an emerging model of care, is increasingly finding favour as an intervention for children and young people with complex trauma and attachment-related needs (McLean, Price-Robertson & Robinson, 2011).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - Trust and reciprocity: Parental consent in adolescent research
    • Abstract: Rawsthorne, Margot; Paxton, Karen; Hawke, Catherine; Steinbeck, Kate; Klineberg, Emily
      This paper explores the challenges facing researchers wishing to undertake ethical, inclusive research with young people. The paper argues for research to be seen within a social capital framework in which we are both drawing on and building social capital through our research activities. In this way, we as researchers have a responsibility to ensure our research contributes to young people's social capital, rather than eroding it. Placing research with young people within a social capital framework also enables practitioners to advocate for the rights of young people. It encourages researchers to engage with parents and guardians as collaborators rather than gatekeepers in improving our understanding of young people's experiences.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - Towards an understanding of therapeutic residential care with
           children and adolescents
    • Abstract: Anglin, James P
      I appreciate the invitation from ACWA to contribute a brief article to this special issue on therapeutic residential care. I have chosen to offer a brief overview of my current thinking about implementing a therapeutic residential care framework (or model) with children and adolescents.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - Program: The cornerstone of therapeutic residential care
    • Abstract: Ainsworth, Frank
      First, a definition.

      Therapeutic residential care involves the planful use of a purposefully constructed, multi-dimensional living environments designed to enhance or provide treatment, education, socialization, support and protection to children and youth with identified mental health or behavioural needs in partnership with their families and in collaboration with the full spectrum of community based and in formal helping resources. (Whittaker, del Valle & Holmes, 2014. p. 24).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - New South Wales intensive foster care program survey findings
    • Abstract: McHugh, Marilyn
      In 2014 ACWA commissioned the Social Policy Research Centre at UNSW to conduct a study of intensive foster care (IFC) in NSW. The aim of the study was to contribute information on IFC to a larger project being conducted by ACWA, in partnership with Family and Community Services (FACS), on the development of a framework for therapeutic care in NSW. The FACS/ ACWA project sought to establish a strategic response to the therapeutic needs of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC); one that promoted healing and recovery from exposure to trauma, and aimed at those whose recovery was supported by a trauma-informed service system.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - Practice challenges in the shift to therapeutic residential
           care
    • Abstract: Bath, Howard; Smith, Brett
      Following the early lead of Victoria, there has been a strong move in all Australian states and territories to explore the concept of therapeutic care in both residential and foster care settings and most jurisdictions now have funded and operating services in place. The need for a more therapeutic focus in out-of-home care has received consistent attention in the recent literature, both in Australia (e.g. Ainsworth & Hansen, 2008; Ainsworth & Thorpe, 2013; Bath, 2009; McLean, Price-Robertson & Robinson, 2011; Osborn & Bromfield, 2007) and internationally (Whittaker, del Valle & Holmes, 2015). Locally, there are a few encouraging early evaluations of service outcomes (e.g. Verso Consulting, 2011) but the practice field is still in an emergent phase with most out-of-home care programs clearly wedded to a 'care and accommodation' paradigm (Bath 2002-03). In NSW, Victoria and Queensland, advisory groups and steering committees are currently engaged in further exploration of concepts and models in order to make recommendations to government about their development and implementation. There have been a number of national conferences focusing on the topic of therapeutic care and a national group, the National Therapeutic Residential Care Forum, has recently been formed to explore the meaning and provision of therapeutic residential care, and to promote research.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - Picture my future
    • Abstract: Georgeson, Terry
      Picture My Future focuses on the use of pictures by people with a disability in assisting them to identify their likes and dislikes, what is important to them and their goals for the future. The pictures assist clients to better organize and communicate complex thoughts and information.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - With children and youth: Emerging theories and practices in
           child and youth care work [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Stone, Caitlin
      Review(s) of: With children and youth: Emerging theories and practices in child and youth care work, edited by Kiaras Gharabaghi, Hans A. Skott-Myhre and Mark Krueger.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 41 - What we have learnt about therapeutic residential care: It's
           more than just 'good resi'
    • Abstract: Jones, Gerard; Loch, Edith
      Therapeutic residential care has been emerging in Australia now for almost 10 years. MacKillop Family Services provides therapeutic out-of-home care across New South Wales, Victoria and Western Australia and is one of the two largest and most experienced providers of general and therapeutic residential care (TRC) in Victoria. The organisation has built a reputation for caring for children and young people with some of the most complex behaviours and has developed specialist expertise in tailoring models to meet the individual needs of clients in a therapeutic environment.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Wise, Sarah
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - What's love got to do with it'
    • Abstract: Rose, Richard
      Childhood is our learning place... where we learn how things are, where we learn how things work, and where we learn the rules of life. In short, where we learn how to be. Providing love, boundaries, clues, commentary, engagement, stimulation, education and opportunities for success and support influences a state of healthy childhood. The question therefore for us involved in residential care is: "Can we show love to the children and young people that we care for in the hope that the children will be able to give love and support for those to come in their future lives'"

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - It's one 'smart' solution: Using new and emerging technologies
           to support the mental health and wellbeing of young men
    • Abstract: Burns, Jane; Davenport, Tracey; Ricci, Cristina; Birrell, Emma; Blanchard, Michelle; Hickie, Ian
      More than 75 per cent of the serious mental health, alcohol or other substance misuse problems that disrupt the lives of many Australians first emerge during the teenage or early adult years. When these problems arise in adolescence they have the potential to result in very serious impacts, not only on a young person's health but also on their social, educational and vocational opportunities. Unfortunately, our most recent National Survey of Mental Health and Wellbeing (ABS, 2008) confirmed that while 26 per cent of young people reported experiencing a significant mental health problem in the last 12 months (higher than any other age group), the vast majority (87 per cent of young men and 69 per cent of young women) did not receive any professional help. Although we have seen a tremendous change in community attitudes over the last decade towards common mental health problems such as depression, anxiety and related alcohol or other substance misuse (Highet et al., 2006; Jorm et al., 2006; Pirkis, 2005), it is clear that we have not yet provided the wider social (or health care) services or environment to assist young people to access the help they need.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - A vision for young Australians in the 21st century
    • Abstract: Pope, Jeanette; Owen, Jan
      The following is an extract from the Foundation for Young Australians (FYA) website 'Unlimited Potential: a data and information resource on young Australians' (formerly how 'Young People are Faring'). This resource will present current information and trends on Australian young people in relation to the challenges of a changing world of work and emerging social, political and environmental issues. It should be noted that although the website includes data from a range of sources, most national time series data collections on young people are publicly funded or government collections reported in reports ('grey literature') by public policy organisations such as the Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development, the Australian Bureau of Statistics, the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and the National Centre for Vocational Education Research. These sources are used throughout this article.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Practitioner's response: It's one 'smart' solution: Using new
           and emerging technologies to support the mental health and wellbeing of
           young men
    • Abstract: Rose, David
      The very significant challenges for policy makers, service providers and the broader community in responding to the mental health and wellbeing needs of young people, particularly young men, provide the context for this paper. The facts presented on young men and suicide alone highlight the urgent need for bold and innovative developments in mental health service provision to young people and the need to forge new ways of trying to reach and engage this segment of the community. In response to this, the authors articulate a compelling case for how technologies might play an increasingly influential role in these developments. There can be little doubt that online technologies with 24/7 access from anywhere and integration across the online environment where many young people comfortably interact, demonstrate particular promise as a way of engaging young people on mental health issues.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - A trauma-informed positive education: Perspectives on hope,
           healing and growth
    • Abstract: Brunzell, Tom
      Where would you like to see yourself in your future' What are some of your strengths' What are your goals'

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Privileging the voice of young people in conversations about a
           good childhood
    • Abstract: Miranda, Pam
      In keeping with its aims to collaboratively build and share knowledge and encourage public dialogue the Berry Street Childhood Institute (BSCI), an initiative of Berry Street, hosted The Good Childhood Conference in October 2013; a multi-disciplinary conference that sought to explore:

      - What sustains a good childhood; and

      - How best to support those who have not experienced a good childhood.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Undoing the harm of child neglect: Should we, can we, do
           we'
    • Abstract: Jackson, Annette
      This paper aims to explore certain questions rarely asked about childhood neglect; namely, whether or not we should, can and do try to remedy the harms visited on children as a result of their experience of chronic neglect. It represents some reflections on the literature and on practice through the eyes of a social worker who has worked for 30 years with children who have experienced neglect.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Using place-based approaches to strengthen child wellbeing
    • Abstract: Moore, Tim
      Improving outcomes for young children is often framed in terms of improving their wellbeing (Ben-Arieh et al., 2014; McAuley and Rose, 2010). This is not a simple matter, partly because wellbeing is not a single state but is dynamic and multifactorial, involving children's physical health, psychological/ emotional wellbeing, social wellbeing, and personal competencies (Moore et al., 2013; Moore and Oberklaid, 2014). Promoting wellbeing therefore requires an approach that is capable of addressing all these aspects of wellbeing. This paper focuses on the role that place-based approaches can play in promoting child wellbeing.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Early learning is fun: Delivering on the ten pillars of a good
           childhood
    • Abstract: Bock, Joanna
      Berry Street has a long and proud history of supporting Victoria's most vulnerable families and children. The organisation began operating in 1877 on the initiative of a group of women concerned with the high rate of infant mortality amongst children born to abandoned and unsupported women and within families living in extreme poverty. Over the years Berry Street has functioned as a maternity home, a foundling hospital, an adoption agency, and was an important training centre for Mothercraft Nurses until 1975.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Social work and domestic violence: Developing critical and
           reflective practice [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Chung, Donna
      Review(s) of: Social work and domestic violence: Developing critical and reflective practice, by Lesley Laing, Cathy Humphreys with Kate Cavanagh.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 40 - Effectively communicating early childhood development
    • Abstract: Leone, Vikki
      Science tells us much about the importance of early childhood development. It is a time of rapid cognitive, social, emotional, linguistic, and physical development. The environments that children experience in the early years have a profound impact on their developing brains. Early experiences lay the foundation for future health, development and wellbeing.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Using early childhood development research in child protection:
           Benefits, boundaries and blind spots
    • Abstract: Wise, Sarah; Connolly, Marie
      The child protection process has several key decision making points. A vital question at intake is whether a report should be investigated and how quickly. The task of investigation is to determine whether a child is suffering or is likely to suffer significant harm and, if so, what initial response will manage children's circumstances and prevent recurrence. After significant harm or its likelihood has been identified, more planned decisions need to be made about the interventions, care and contact arrangements that will safeguard and support children's future development. These questions all need to be considered with a mind to a child's age, developmental stage and culture.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Belief and ability: Essential qualities of an effective child
           protection workforce
    • Abstract: Alexander, Kate
      The most important resource a child protection system has to offer a vulnerable child is the practitioner who knocks on their door. While this may seem obvious, investment in the relationship between practitioners and families often takes second place to other system priorities. Procedures, policies, laws, rules and tools, in and of themselves, do not keep children safe; people do. Accepting this simple truth means statutory systems need to shoulder responsibility for sustained focus on the development of effective relationships between the frontline workforce and vulnerable families and communities. This article is based on the premise that children and families benefit when the child protection workforce has professional confidence (defined as "having the belief and ability to do one's job effectively") and relies on that confidence as a foundation for building relationships that help families keep children safe.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Walk, Maree
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Evidence to inform out-of-home care policy and practice in New
           South Wales: An overview of the pathways of care longitudinal study
    • Abstract: Paxman, Marina; Tully, Lucy; Burke, Sharon; Watson, Johanna
      Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is a new large scale prospective longitudinal study that will follow the pathways and outcomes of children and young people in their first five years of out-of-home care (OOHC).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Getting more bang for your buck: What works best in
           professional development in the child, youth and family workforce
    • Abstract: McArthur, Morag; Thomson, Bronwyn
      Work in the human services, including in statutory and non-government contexts, is demanding and requires skilful practitioners. The child, youth and family services (CYFS) sector works with families with complex needs and therefore requires practitioners with broad areas of knowledge and a diverse mix of skills. The work is underpinned by a range of assumptions and values that aim to make a difference to vulnerable children, young people and their families. It is also a workforce that consists of a diversity of professional and para professional staff who come from different disciplines and experience. Not surprisingly child, youth and family service organisations recognise the need to provide appropriate professional development for their staff as a strategy to provide high quality services.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Parent responsibility contracts: The evidence
    • Abstract: Parmenter, Natalie
      This paper reviews research on and around the use of Parent Responsibility Contracts (PRCs) over the past 10 years. It explores parental responsibility in the child protection and juvenile justice contexts, the arguments for and against PRCs within both contexts and gaps found in the literature. The paper discusses the conditions within the different statutes of parental responsibility in the Australian states and territories with a primary focus on New South Wales (NSW). The paper concludes with a short discussion on the key factors which need to be considered for parents who are engaged in statutes of parental responsibility.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Practitioner's response: Using early childhood development
           research in child protection: Benefits, boundaries and blind spots
    • Abstract: Heriot, Sandra
      I recently saw a quote in an article 'Social Science and Parenting Plans for Young Children' on critical thinking about research. Although the quote was about psychologists, it made me reflect on how well this paper by Wise and Connolly has been able to analyse and critically evaluate several vast areas of child development, neuroscience, attachment and child protection. The quote was from Meltzoff (1998) who wrote: "Research shows" is one of the favourite expressions of psychologists who are called on by the media to express their professional opinions on a wide range of topics, who are asked to consult with or testify before law makers about social issues that affect public welfare, or who are relied on to give expert counsel to other health service providers or to educators. Research psychologists carry a heavy burden of responsibility for assuring the accuracy of their claims about their results. In turn, psychologists who cite or apply the research findings of others share their responsibility. They have an obligation to use their critical reading and evaluation skills in reviewing a study before they cite it as evidence that supports a point of view and before they apply the findings in their clinical work.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Violence against women: Current theory and practice in domestic
           abuse, sexual violence and exploitation [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Flynn, Liane
      Review(s) of: Violence against women: Current theory and practice in domestic abuse, sexual violence and exploitation, edited by Nancy Lombard and Lesley McMillan.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - A review of pre-birth child protection planning in a tertiary
           maternity hospital: Engaging vulnerable pregnant women
    • Abstract: Harrison, Celin; O'Callaghan, Jenny
      Data collected by the Social Work Department at King Edward Memorial Hospital (KEMH), the tertiary maternity hospital for the state based in Perth, Western Australia, between 2005-2006 and 2007-2008 revealed a doubling of newborns entering the care and protection system (Harrison, 2009), turning attention to the inter-sectoral relationships between maternity hospitals and child protection services. This paper describes (1) the context for the development of policy and child protection based practice at maternity services; and (2) the process of Inter- Agency Early Intervention Pre-Birth Planning based at KEMH.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Principles in practice
    • Abstract: Lane, Kerry; Thomson, Elaine
      In late 2011 the New South Wales (NSW) Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) began the roll out of a new service model titled 'Practice First'. The model was developed in response to growing concern about how practitioners respond to reports about the safety of children. What was worrying was the amount of time practitioners spent behind their computers rather than with families. Their work was dominated by administrative tasks, procedures and tools. Work with families was often forensic and at times adversarial. These problems were not unique to NSW, and most statutory child protection systems worldwide have faced similar challenges where the management of risk has resulted in burdensome administrative requirements that have inadvertently deskilled the workforce. In addition, FACS data highlighted system weaknesses and unmet demand within NSW including an over-representation of Aboriginal children, limited capacity to meet demand, timeliness of response and a high number of children in care.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 39 - Working with families where an adult is violent: Best interests
           case practice model specialist practice resource
    • Abstract: Victorian Government Department of Human Services
      Review(s) of: Working with families where an adult is violent: Best interests case practice model specialist practice resource, Victorian Government Department of Human Services, 2014.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - The relationship between cumulative adversity in childhood and
           adolescent suicide and accidental death
    • Abstract: Devaney, John; Lazenbatt, Anne; Bunting, Lisa; Davidson, Gavin; Hayes, David; Spratt, Trevor
      Adolescence is a time when new opportunities present that allow the development of new relationships, new skills and a growing sense of independence and self for young people. However, it can also be a time of challenge as adolescents need to negotiate more complex and differentiated social and family relationships, and questions about identity and the future become more apparent. Evidence has concluded that although most adolescents navigate this stage of life with few difficulties, some do find this stage of life challenging, and their ways of coping may have negative consequences for both themselves and others (Shaffer et al., 1996; Beautrais, 2003).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - From the guest editor
    • Abstract: Bromfield, Leah
      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - The accumulating evidence for cumulative harm
    • Abstract: Bath, Howard
      Child protection systems have been developed to protect children from the harms that result from maltreatment. In Australia, four intra-familial maltreatment types are generally identified - sexual abuse (or exploitation), physical abuse, emotional abuse and neglect. The witnessing of family violence, which is sometimes considered to be a fifth category, is often classified as a form of emotional abuse.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - Therapeutic interventions for traumatised children in the child
           protection system in South Australia: Matching the therapy to the child
    • Abstract: Rayment, Patricia; Young, Cecily; Guidolin, Matthew
      Evaluating therapeutic approaches: The area of therapeutic intervention raises unique challenges for professionals working with children in the child protection (CP) system. There is no single therapeutic approach which can be applied across the board for the whole client base for a number of reasons. First, the majority of mental health clinicians should and do use skills and techniques from a number of different therapeutic modalities tailored to the needs of their clients and their own strengths as therapists (Horvath and Luborsky, 1993). Second, in order to be effective, therapeutic intervention must flexibly respond to the needs of the client and these needs can change dramatically in response to changes in the client's circumstances. As such, while a clinician may be providing therapy for a particular presenting issue, if their client experiences a significant life event which overwhelms their capacity to cope (such as a placement breakdown), this changes the client's need and the clinician may need to apply a different strategy in order to respond effectively. Third, the evidence base for therapeutic intervention for children in the CP system is small and emergent (i.e. not well validated). This is largely because research in this area is complicated by methodological issues related to the extremely complex clinical presentations seen in this client base and the number of environmental factors which impact on the process of therapy. There are also ethical difficulties related to conducting research with such a vulnerable population and in the context of contentious court proceedings and large bureaucratic systems with numerous stakeholders. As such, while there is a wealth of research exploring therapeutic modalities within the general population, these should be interpreted with caution by mental health clinicians working with CP populations because clients with complex presentations (as seen in children in the CP system) are often excluded from such studies because the complexity of their presentation is considered a confound to the research.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - Practitioner's response: The relationship between cumulative
           adversity in childhood and adolescent suicide and accidental death
    • Abstract: Francis, Helen
      The suicide or death of a young person from risk taking behaviour has a profound impact on families and the community. For professionals and organisations who know the family and /or the young person it can also be a challenging time, with questions and a ripple of emotions that might include grief, shock, anger and blame. This paper offers professionals and their organisations an opportunity to analyse and reflect on the information presented without the raw emotion that might arise straight after a critical incident. By engaging with the key themes and learning's, a better understanding about the impact of childhood adversity can be gained. Organisations and practitioners can then critically reflect on agency policies and procedures with the view of creating more supportive systems to ensure the visibility of and response to children throughout a service intervention.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - An interim evaluation of the Berry Street 'Stand By Me' leaving
           care program
    • Abstract: Mendes, Philip; Meade, Sue
      About 3100 young people nationally and just over 850 young people in Victoria aged 15-17 years leave care each year (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, 2014). The state of Victoria legislated via the Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 for the provision of leaving care and after-care services for young people up to 21 years of age. The Children, Youth and Families Act 2005 appears to oblige the government to assist care leavers with finances, housing, education and training, employment, legal advice, access to health and community services, and counselling and support depending on the assessed level of need, and to consider the specific needs of Aboriginal young people. However, Section 16(2) of the Act emphasises that these responsibilities "...do not create any right or entitlement enforceable at law", suggesting that leaving care programs are in fact discretionary, and care leavers do not actually have any legal right to seek or demand support services from government (Mendes, Johnson and Moslehuddin, 2011).

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - Benevolent Society cumulative harm practice guide
    • Abstract: Benevolent Society
      Review(s) of: Cumulative harm practice guide, Benevolent Society

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - The science of neglect: The persistent absence of responsive
           care disrupts the developing brain [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Gholami, Asra
      Review(s) of: The science of neglect: The persistent absence of responsive care disrupts the developing brain, by National Scientific Council on the Developing Child (working paper 12)

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - Developing a cumulative harm practice guide
    • Abstract: Antcliff, Greg; Andrews, Karen; Power, Stacy
      Increasingly there is an expectation that child and family services use evidence-informed practices and programs (EIP) to improve outcomes for children and families. The Benevolent Society adopted a Resilience Practice Framework (RPF) across its diverse child and family services.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - Conceiving good practice in the caring professions
    • Abstract: Emslie, Michael
      Currently I am employed as a lecturer in a human service program at a large Australian university. Part of my role is teaching. Before taking up this position I had a number of youth, disability, and family work jobs over many years. Whilst doing direct service delivery I was constantly trying to do the right thing, which was often a struggle in light of the complex and perplexing nature of the work. I find I am in the similar situation now when it comes to teaching.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 38 - Reply to practitioner's response by Jennifer Douglas on:
           Outcomes of explicit affective practice: An evaluation of the counselling
           practice of the Goulburn family support service ('Developing practice'
           issue number 35)
    • Abstract: Deppe, Susan Leigh; Burton, Anne
      We thank Jennifer Douglas for her thought-provoking response and offer several clarifications.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 34 - PlayPower: Making the most of everyday moments training
           packages
    • PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
  • Issue 34 - Trying hard is not good enough: How to produce measurable
           improvements for customers and communities [Book Review]
    • Abstract: Tye, Kate
      Review(s) of: Trying hard is not good enough: How to produce measurable improvements for customers and communities, by Mark Friedman, FPSI Publishing, 2005.

      PubDate: Thu, 2 Nov 2017 11:47:32 GMT
       
 
 
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