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"Aboriginal people [in Australia] in prisons are going without soap, and children in out-of-home care are being refused contact with their families under “punitive” restrictions enforced due to Covid-19," says this article from the Guardian.
In this study, a transdisciplinary group of key stakeholders in Australia jointly constructed a causal loop diagram to bring forth the systemic structure underlying the issue of repeat child removals (where parents lose successive infants and children to out-of-home care) and identify system conditions that need to be altered.
This article presents a multi-site evaluation of a group delivery of the eight-week Circle of Security-Parent DVD program (COS-P) program to foster carers of 6-12 year-old children in an urban community as facilitated by community-based providers from a specialist child and youth mental health services.
In this post from UNICEF Australia's blog, UNICEF Australia Program Manager for Early Childhood Development, Alice Hall describes some of the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic on children, including the child protection implications.
"A new study predicts that demand for foster care is likely to rise during the coronavirus pandemic, as households struggle with the economic impacts of bans and restrictions," says this article from SBS News.
For this study, semi-structured interviews with twelve birth parents and twenty six permanent carers took place in New South Wales, Australia. Inductive thematic analysis was used to identify a pattern in the nature of adult relationships. The themes of 1) getting to know each other; 2) making family time; and 3) a shared future are presented.
This article from ABC News explores the overrepresentation of Indigenous children in out-of-home care in Victoria, Australia.
The authors of this study draw on the decision-making ecology model of judgement and decision making in child protection to speculate on possible causes of false positive errors in decision making regarding the removal of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from their families.
This study examined differences in childhood adversity, child protection involvement, and offending among crossover children by neurodisability status.
This article interrogates formal public evaluations of extended care programmes with a particular focus on their eligibility criteria that have determined which groups of care leavers are included or alternatively excluded and the identified strengths and limitations of the programmes.