Stronger communities, safer children

Stronger communities, safer children

Findings from recent Australian research on the importance of community in keeping children safe

CFCA Resource Sheet— August 2016
Stronger communities, safer children

This resource summarises the findings from a number of research reports relevant to the theme of National Child Protection Week 2016: “Stronger Communities, Safer Children”.

National Child Protection Week is coordinated by the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN) every September.

“Stronger Communities, Safer Children” emphasises that communities matter to children, and asks all Australians to play their part to help protect children and support families within their communities.

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Publications

The following is a list of recent Australian research papers that highlight the importance of community in keeping children safe.

Safe and supportive families and communities for children
This paper reviews the research on building safe and supportive families and communities for children in Australia.

Safe and supportive Indigenous families and communities for children
This paper reviews the research on building safe and supportive families and communities for Indigenous children in Australia.

Communities matter: Children’s views on community in Australia (PDF 2.4 MB)
What do children in Australia value about their communities? And what changes in their communities would children like to see? These questions were addressed in a research project conducted by the Australian National University and University of Western Sydney, in partnership with The Benevolent Society and NAPCAN.

Applying community capacity-building approaches to child welfare practice and policy
This paper outlines the concept of community capacity, and uses real-life examples to illustrate the ways in which service providers might apply community capacity-building approaches to their work with children and families.

Community development approaches to safety and wellbeing of Indigenous children (PDF 374 KB)
This paper examines child abuse and neglect in Indigenous communities from a societal perspective. It applies a community development framework to understand effective strategies for reducing risks and enhancing children’s safety and wellbeing.

Community engagement: A key strategy for improving outcomes for Australian families
This paper seeks to clarify what community engagement involves, how it relates to other ideas and practices, and the role it can play in improving outcomes for children and families.

The good practice guide to Child Aware Approaches: Keeping children safe and well
Child Aware Approaches is a grassroots initiative that engages civil society to develop local approaches, actions and initiatives to keep children safe and well, recognising that protecting children is a shared responsibility.

Thriving in Adversity: A positive deviance study of safe communities for children (PDF 1.9 MB)
This research project, published by the Social Policy Research Centre, sought to understand the factors that contribute to positive child outcomes in communities where positive outcomes may be unexpected.

Additional resources

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020
The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020 is an ambitious, long-term approach to ensuring the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children. It aims to deliver a substantial and sustained reduction in levels of child abuse and neglect over time.

Protecting Australia’s Children: Research and Evaluation Register, 2011–2015
The Protecting Australia’s Children: Research and Evaluation Register is a searchable database of 944 research and evaluation projects conducted between 2011 and 2015. The projects cover the following topic areas, which align with the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020.

Authors and Acknowledgements

This resource was compiled by Ken Knight, Manager, Community Engagement, and Adam Dean, Research Officer, with the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) information exchange at the Australian Institute of Family Studies, in partnership with the National Association for Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect (NAPCAN).

Publication details

CFCA Resource Sheet
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, August 2016.

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PACRA Register

The Protecting Australia's Children: Research and Evaluation Register is a searchable database of 944 research and evaluation projects related to protecting children. A range of filtering options enable easy access to relevant Australian research conducted between 2011 and 2015.

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