Protecting Australia's children research audit (1995–2010): Final report

Protecting Australia's children research audit (1995–2010): Final report

Myfanwy McDonald, Daryl Higgins, Kylie Valentine and Alister Lamont

NCH Report— June 2011

The purpose of this audit is to identify, describe and disseminate information about Australian research projects (including program evaluations) undertaken during the 1995-2010 period on topics relating to the protection of children. This audit covers a broad scope of topics, ranging from universal preventative initiatives through to statutory child protection and out-of-home care. The scope of the topics for the audit reflects the six supporting outcomes outlined in the report Protecting Children is Everyone's Business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 ("National Framework"; Council of Australian Governments COAG, 2009b).

The specific aims of the audit, in keeping with the aims of two previous audits on similar topics (Cashmore & Ainsworth, 2004; Higgins, Adams, Bromfield, Richardson, & Aldana, 2005), were to identify:

  • research projects (published and unpublished) undertaken in Australia between the 1995-2010 period on topics of relevance to the National Framework (COAG, 2009b);
  • outcomes and progress since the Audit of Australian Out-of-Home Care Research (Cashmore & Ainsworth, 2004) and the National Audit of Australian Child Protection Research 1995-2004 (Higgins et al., 2005);
  • gaps, duplication and areas for development in relation to the outcomes and national priorities identified in the National Framework; and
  • priorities for future research and data collection on the basis of the audit results, outcomes of the Towards a National Agenda forum (October 2009) and priorities identified in the National Framework.

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Authors

Myfanwy McDonald

Dr Myfanwy McDonald is a former employee of the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Dr Daryl Higgins is the Deputy Director (Research) at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, where he has responsibility for the Institute's research program.

Kylie Valentine

Dr kylie valentine is the Deputy Director and a Senior Research Fellow at the Social Policy Research Centre.

Alister Lamont

Alister Lamont is a Research Officer with the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Acknowledgements

This project is part of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-20. Funding for this project was provided by the Community and Disability Services Ministers' Advisory Council and the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs.

The authors gratefully acknowledge the assistance from the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs, the National Framework Implementation Working Group and Professor Alan Hayes.

Publication details

NCH Report
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2011.
75 pp.
ISBN: 
978-1-921414-76-3

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