Shifting the child protection juggernaut to earlier intervention

Humphreys, Cathy, Harries, Maria, Healy, Karen, Lonne, Bob, Mendes, Philip, McHugh, Marilyn and Sheehan, Rosemary (2009) Shifting the child protection juggernaut to earlier intervention. Children Australia, 34 3: 5-8.

Author Humphreys, Cathy
Harries, Maria
Healy, Karen
Lonne, Bob
Mendes, Philip
McHugh, Marilyn
Sheehan, Rosemary
Title Shifting the child protection juggernaut to earlier intervention
Journal name Children Australia   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 1035-0772
Publication date 2009
Sub-type Article (original research)
Volume 34
Issue 3
Start page 5
End page 8
Total pages 4
Place of publication Mulgrave North, VIC, Australia
Publisher OzChild - Children Australia; National Children's Bureau of Australia
Language eng
Subject 1607 Social Work
Formatted abstract
For every complex problem there is a solution that is simple, neat and wrong (M.L. Mencken, US writer and social commentator).

Nowhere is this quote more apt than when applied to finding over-simplified solutions to the complex problem of looking after the safety and well-being of vulnerable children. The easiest formula is, of course, to 'rescue children from dysfunctional families', a line taken recently in the monograph by the right wing think tank, Centre for Independent Studies (Sammut & O'Brien 2009). It is reasoning with fatal flaws. This commentary provides a timely reminder of the strong arguments which lie behind the national and international shift to supporting children and families through universal and specialist community-based services, rather than weighting all resources into statutory child protection interventions. A brief outline of the value of developing the resource s to support children in their families, and the problems with 'rescuing' children through the child protection system are discussed.
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Provisional Code
Additional Notes Published under "Commentary".

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