The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers in the child protection system

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Title The experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers in the child protection system
Author Elarde, Patricia; Tilbury, Clare
Journal Name Children Australia
Year Published 2007
Place of publication Melbourne
Publisher Oz Child
Abstract Much child welfare research does not differentiate between the needs of Indigenous and non-Indigenous clients and/or does not specifically address issues concerning Indigenous children, families and communities. As such, evidence is not informed by Indigenous perspectives and knowledge. The research reported upon in this paper was conducted jointly by a university-based researcher and Indigenous child protection agencies. It explored the support needs of Indigenous carers, in the context of the increasingly detailed regulatory framework for out-of-home care. It suggests there should be more investment in ongoing support for carers and more personal contact between the statutory department and the carer/s after the placement is made. This would fulfill many purposes: support for carers with attendant benefits such as satisfaction and retention; better meeting the needs of the child; and the regulatory function of ongoing monitoring of placement quality for accountability purposes.
Peer Reviewed Yes
Published Yes
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2007Children Australia. The attached file is reproduced here in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 32
Issue Number 2
Page from 8
Page to 14
ISSN 1035-0772
Date Accessioned 2007-10-19
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Social Work
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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