Social work and child protection in Australia: whose job is it anyway?

Gillingham, Philip (2016) Social work and child protection in Australia: whose job is it anyway?. Practice: Social Work in Action, 28 2: 83-96. doi:10.1080/09503153.2015.1074670

Author Gillingham, Philip
Title Social work and child protection in Australia: whose job is it anyway?
Journal name Practice: Social Work in Action   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0950-3153
Publication date 2016
Year available 2015
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/09503153.2015.1074670
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 28
Issue 2
Start page 83
End page 96
Total pages 14
Place of publication Abingdon, Oxon, United Kingdom
Publisher Routledge
Collection year 2016
Language eng
Abstract At the release of Professor Eileen Munro's final report of her review of child protection services in England and Wales, debate began in Australia about how her recommendations could be applied to reform and improve services in Australia. One particularly strong theme within the report is the need to strengthen professional social work as part of the reform of child protection services. However, as social work is not the key profession in child protection services in Australia, the direct applicability of Munro’s recommendations is limited. The emphasis on the centrality of the social work profession to the provision and reform of child protection services is highly pertinent though as workforce development features strongly in Australian proposals for service reform. In this article, the reasons why ‘child protection business’ is not ‘social work business’ are explored historically and currently, with the aim of stimulating debate about who is employed in child protection services. Using Australian child protection services as a case study, the article also makes a contribution to debates about the international project of social work and the transferability of ideas for reform across international borders.
Keyword Child protection
Professional social work
Service reform
International comparison
Child abuse and neglect
Social work
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ

Document type: Journal Article
Sub-type: Article (original research)
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Created: Mon, 17 Aug 2015, 23:53:12 EST by Philip Gillingham on behalf of School of Nursing, Midwifery and Social Work