Driving child protection reform: evidence or ideology?

Gillingham, Philip (2014) Driving child protection reform: evidence or ideology?. Australian Social Work, 67 3: 377-389. doi:10.1080/0312407X.2013.877948

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Author Gillingham, Philip
Title Driving child protection reform: evidence or ideology?
Journal name Australian Social Work   Check publisher's open access policy
ISSN 0312-407X
Publication date 2014-01-01
Sub-type Article (original research)
DOI 10.1080/0312407X.2013.877948
Open Access Status Not Open Access
Volume 67
Issue 3
Start page 377
End page 389
Total pages 13
Place of publication Melbourne, VIC, Australia
Publisher Routledge
Language eng
Formatted abstract
The reform of child protection services in Australia has been, and continues to be, a priority for State and Territory governments. Therefore it is timely to consider the influences on reform; in particular, to understand how and why decision-makers might take some courses of action over others. In this article the particular influence of different forms of ideology are identified and described with reference to the case example of the reform of child protection services in Queensland after the inquiry by the Crime and Misconduct Commission in 2004. It is argued that ideology is both a useful conceptual tool and an influence on reform, from the point of identifying problems through to implementing solutions to address them, which can lead to taking a “wrong turn”. It is further proposed that critical awareness of the effects of ideology on the process of reform is required, lest it displace research-based evidence of “what works” as the basis for decision-making.
Keyword Child Protection
Organisational restructuring
Child protection (policy and practice)
Evidence informed policy
Q-Index Code C1
Q-Index Status Confirmed Code
Institutional Status UQ
Additional Notes Published online: 27 February 2014.

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Created: Tue, 04 Mar 2014, 23:51:57 EST by Philip Gillingham on behalf of School of Social Work and Human Services