Using racial disproportionality and disparity indicators to measure child welfare outcomes

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Title Using racial disproportionality and disparity indicators to measure child welfare outcomes
Author Tilbury, Clare; Thoburn, June
Journal Name Children and Youth Services Review
Year Published 2009
Place of publication USA
Publisher Elsevier
Abstract This article examines the utility of racial disproportionality and disparity data to measure the performance and outcomes of child welfare systems. Given the differential patterns of entry, exit and service responses for black, indigenous and ethnic minority children in many child welfare systems around the world, the conceptualisation of both quality and outcomes should take account of their needs. Clarity is required about which dimensions of effectiveness are measured by racial disparity indicators, in order to design strategies to address its causes and consequences. The article discusses how data on racial disproportionality and disparity can be used, as part of a suite of performance indicators, to highlight issues regarding the quality, equity and accessibility of child welfare services.
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Copyright Statement Copyright 2009 Elsevier. This is the author-manuscript version of this paper. Reproduced in accordance with the copyright policy of the publisher. Please refer to the journal's website for access to the definitive, published version.
Volume 31
Issue Number 10
Page from 1101
Page to 1106
ISSN 0190-7409
Date Accessioned 2009-10-16
Language en_AU
Research Centre Key Centre for Ethics, Law, Justice and Governance
Faculty Griffith Health Faculty
Subject Social Program Evaluation
Publication Type Journal Articles (Refereed Article)
Publication Type Code c1

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