Children in out-of-home care in Australia: international comparisons

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Title Children in out-of-home care in Australia: international comparisons
Author Tilbury, Clare; Thoburn, June
Journal Name Children Australia
Year Published 2008
Place of publication Australia
Publisher OzChild
Abstract As governments increasingly search globally for strategies to improve child welfare outcomes, it is vital to consider how policies and programs developed in other countries are likely to suit local conditions. Routinely, collected child welfare administrative data can provide contextual information for cross-national comparisons. This article examines out-of-home care in Australia, compared to other developed countries, and explores possible explanations for differences in patterns and trends. In doing so it also examines the similarities and differences between NSW, Victoria and Queensland. It is argued that a sound understanding of how out-of-home care is used, the profile of children in care and the influence of data can assist policy makers to match proposed solutions to clearly understood current problems. The imperative is to plan and implement policies and programs that locate out-of-home care within a range of child welfare services that meet the diverse needs of children and families within local contexts.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2008 Children 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 33
Issue Number 3
Page from 5
Page to 12
ISSN 1035-0772
Date Accessioned 2008-11-03
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject PRE2009-Social Policy
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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