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Protecting children

25 July 2018

The Australian Centre for Child Protection, at the University of South Australia, reported to the Australian children’s commissioners and guardians last month. The report provides an analysis and evaluation of a range of child protection practice frameworks.

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The project objective was to develop a benchmarking tool to identify the quality and comprehensiveness of child protection practice frameworks. The authors defined a child protection practice framework as ‘outlining the values and principles and an approach to working with children and families that has been applied to the whole of the continuum of child protection practice’.

‘Through discussion with the expert panel members and further analysis, it has been determined that there is, currently, no one framework that can support all the required core domains discussed in this report [and] framework developers need to provide clear guidance to organisations with regard to which level or levels their framework is based.’

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