child protection research
- Attachment: Key issues
- Assessment of parenting capacity - literature review
The assessment of parenting capacity is a core task in child protection practice. Determining parents’ capacity to protect their children from risk and enhance their developmental experiences is crucial in deciding whether to remove and/or restore children to the care of their parents.
- Child neglect - literature review
Neglectful parenting is most strongly associated with poverty. It often occurs where there are large numbers of children being cared for by a young single mother with little social support. Substance abuse, mental health issues and domestic violence often add to already limited parenting capacity and serve to exacerbate the situation
- Child protection and mothers in substance abuse treatment study: major findings
- Culturally appropriate service provision for CALD families in the NSW child protection system
- literature review
- Domestic violence and its impact on children's development
- Effective casework practice with adolescents: perceptions and practices of DoCS staff
- Effective child protection casework with young parent families: learning from child death reviews
This Note outlines effective casework practice when working with young families, drawing on national and international literature and case file reviews. The full details are in the Child Deaths 2011 Annual Report.
- Effective parenting capacity assessment: Key issues
- Effective strategies and interventions for adolescents in a child protection context
- Evaluation of the Family Group Conferencing pilot program
Family group conferencing is a method of resolving, or attempting to resolve, family issues in child protection through Alternative Dispute Resolution. This independent evaluation was conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology. The evaluation was based on the implementation of Family Group Conferencing in two pilot sites in NSW, following recommendations made as part of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW.
- Evaluation of the Family Group Conferencing pilot program: Summary of key findings
This report contains key findings from the evaluation of the Family Group Conferencing pilot program. This independent evaluation was conducted by the Australian Institute of Criminology.
- Family group conferencing in a child welfare context - literature review
Family group conferencing is a method of resolving, or attempting to resolve, family issues in child protection. It brings together the family, the child and professionals to meet and develop a plan for future action.
- Family preservation services - literature review
- Improving child protection casework practice: learning from child death reviews
This Note summarises the key practice learnings for child protection casework that emerged from Community Services’ internal child death reviews. The full details are in the Child Deaths 2010 Annual Report.
- Neglect: key intervention strategies
- Neglect: key issues
- Neglect study: summary of findings
- Parental alcohol misuse and the impact on children
Evidence suggests alcohol and other substance misuse is a significant concern in a large proportion of child protection cases. The complexity of these families makes it difficult to determine the extent to which alcohol misuse presents a risk to children, thus highlighting the importance of a thorough, sensitive assessment process.
- Parenting capacity assessment: improving decision-making
- Parental empathy and child maltreatment
- Parental mental health and its impact on children
Parents with mental health issues - literature review
Consequences for children and effectiveness of interventions designed to assist children and their families.
- Risk assessment in child welfare
Child protection practice involves making decisions about the care, protection and welfare of children. These decisions include assessing the potential level of risk of abuse and/or neglect to a child, the services that might reduce this risk and the point at which it becomes necessary for a child to be removed from the care of their family.
- Risk, protection and resilience in children and families
- Working with parental substance abuse