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‘Crying For Home: Who Really Cares?’ A Critical Analysis Of Care Giving In The Context Of Victorian Residential Care, Paul F. Chalkley Jul 2018

‘Crying For Home: Who Really Cares?’ A Critical Analysis Of Care Giving In The Context Of Victorian Residential Care, Paul F. Chalkley

Theses

Residential care provides for approximately 500 children and young people in Victoria each year, yet the dynamics of providing care within this system have received little scholarly attention, at least in part because it forms a much smaller part of the system than home-based care – in 2014 there were 5,900 children and young people in foster care and kinship care in Victoria. It has long been recognised that, despite being highly traumatised and vulnerable, young people placed in the care of the state are often exposed to further distress, instability and torment because of the nature of the out-of-home ...


Transferring Custody From Birth Parents To Foster Parents - An Ambiguous Matter, Therese Wisso, Helena Johansson Jan 2018

Transferring Custody From Birth Parents To Foster Parents - An Ambiguous Matter, Therese Wisso, Helena Johansson

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

In this study, we analyse 32 district court decisions regarding custody transfers from the birth parents to the foster parents in Sweden. When a child has been in foster care for three years, in order to enhance stability for child, the local social welfare committee considers a transferral of custody to the foster parents following an application to the district court. Although all but one of the decisions in our study favoured a custody transfer, the courts acknowledge different reasons for this. Specifically, there is vagueness about whether or not functioning contact between the child and birth parents is a ...


Sticking With Us Through It All: The Importance Of Trustworthy Relationships For Children And Young People In Residential Care [Accepted Manuscript], Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Jodi Death, Clare Tilbury, Steven Roche Jan 2018

Sticking With Us Through It All: The Importance Of Trustworthy Relationships For Children And Young People In Residential Care [Accepted Manuscript], Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Jodi Death, Clare Tilbury, Steven Roche

Professional Staff Publications

Both historical and contemporary residential care for children have been found to present risks to their safety and security. Views about the characteristics of workers that helped them to feel safe in the placement were obtained from 27 children and young people who were placed in residential care in Australia. Competent and trustworthy staff were considered essential. These workers were characterised as caring, proactive, tenacious in building relationships, and available. Importantly, they listened and ensured young people had a voice. The study affirms the central role of the worker-client alliance in ensuring residential care is a positive and safe experience ...


Conceptualising And Categorising Child Abuse Inquiries: From Damage Control To Foregrounding Survivor Testimony [Accepted Manuscript], Shurlee Swain, Katie Wright, Johanna Sköld Jan 2018

Conceptualising And Categorising Child Abuse Inquiries: From Damage Control To Foregrounding Survivor Testimony [Accepted Manuscript], Shurlee Swain, Katie Wright, Johanna Sköld

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Testimony before inquiries into out‐of‐home care that have taken place in many countries over the last twenty years has severely disrupted received ideas about the quality of care given to children in the past. Evidence of the widespread abuse of children presented before recent inquiries internationally gives rise to the question: why didn’t we know? Part of the answer lies in the changing forms and functions of inquiries, whose interests they serve, how they are organised and how they gather evidence. Using as a case study, a survey of historical abuse inquiries in Australia, this article explores ...


Improving Formal Service Responses For Refugee Families In Australia, Vicky Saunders, Steven Roche, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry Apr 2017

Improving Formal Service Responses For Refugee Families In Australia, Vicky Saunders, Steven Roche, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


“I Just Keep My Tears All Inside”: Experiences Of Loss From Children Whose Families Face Complex Challenges And Change, Debbie Noble-Carr Apr 2017

“I Just Keep My Tears All Inside”: Experiences Of Loss From Children Whose Families Face Complex Challenges And Change, Debbie Noble-Carr

Theses

Loss – the experience of having lost something, as well as the subjective experience of missing out on something desired or expected – is a common experience in children’s lives. Many Australian children will experience the loss of a parent through divorce, separation, or death. The consequences of such losses can be severe and long lasting, affecting children’s health and wellbeing throughout their lives. Children from families facing complex challenges and change – such as family violence, abuse, neglect, mental illness, disability, substance abuse, homelessness, poverty, and social isolation – appear to be particularly at risk. These children commonly experience multiple losses ...


Protection Through Participation: Involving Children In Child-Safe Organisations, Tim Moore Jan 2017

Protection Through Participation: Involving Children In Child-Safe Organisations, Tim Moore

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Safe And Sound: Creating Safe Residential Care Services For Children And Young People, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Steven Roche Jan 2017

Safe And Sound: Creating Safe Residential Care Services For Children And Young People, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Steven Roche

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Recruiting And Retaining Foster Carers, Lorraine Thomson, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry Jan 2017

Recruiting And Retaining Foster Carers, Lorraine Thomson, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Youth Homelessness And Its Relationship With Family Conflict: Models For Policy And Practice, Steven Roche, Justin Barker Jan 2017

Youth Homelessness And Its Relationship With Family Conflict: Models For Policy And Practice, Steven Roche, Justin Barker

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Foster And Kinship Carer Recruitment And Retention: Encouraging And Sustaining Quality Care To Improve Outcomes For Children And Young People In Care, Giovanna Richmond, Morag Mcarthur Jan 2017

Foster And Kinship Carer Recruitment And Retention: Encouraging And Sustaining Quality Care To Improve Outcomes For Children And Young People In Care, Giovanna Richmond, Morag Mcarthur

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Reflections On The State Of The Profession: A Review Of The Norma Parker Addresses 1969-2008, Shurlee Swain Jan 2017

Reflections On The State Of The Profession: A Review Of The Norma Parker Addresses 1969-2008, Shurlee Swain

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

This paper provides a thematic analysis of the Presidential Addresses delivered at conferences of the Australian Association of Social Workers from 1969 to 2008. It argues that although each of the Addresses needs to be understood within the context of its time, they are linked thematically by their focus on defining and defending the status of social work as a profession. In the early years, the Presidents, while recognising social work's commitment to social justice, sought to contain the Association’s more radical members in order not to threaten the profession’s respectability. However, as neo-conservative economics and managerial ...


Our Safety Counts: Children And Young People’S Perceptions Of Safety And Institutional Responses To Their Safety Concerns, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Jessica Anne Heerde, Steven Roche, Patrick O'Leary Sep 2016

Our Safety Counts: Children And Young People’S Perceptions Of Safety And Institutional Responses To Their Safety Concerns, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Jessica Anne Heerde, Steven Roche, Patrick O'Leary

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

A Report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.


Our Safety Counts: Key Findings From The Australian Survey Of Kids And Young People Help-Seeking And Institutional Responses To Safety Concerns, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry, Steven Roche, Jessica Anne Heerde Jan 2016

Our Safety Counts: Key Findings From The Australian Survey Of Kids And Young People Help-Seeking And Institutional Responses To Safety Concerns, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry, Steven Roche, Jessica Anne Heerde

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Linguistic Complexity And Diversity Amongst Congolese Diaspora In Australia: Implications For Language Services, Jean Robinson Burke Jan 2016

Linguistic Complexity And Diversity Amongst Congolese Diaspora In Australia: Implications For Language Services, Jean Robinson Burke

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Like many African countries, the Democratic Republic of Congo is characterised by linguistic diversity, with approximately 220 languages spoken within the country. Congolese Swahili is one of the five national languages, together with Kongo, Lingala, Tshilaba and French. The majority of Congolese diaspora in Australia have entered as refugees through the International Humanitarian Settlement Scheme or family reunion and their linguistic repertoire has been further affected by their refugee journey. The multilingualism of Congolese individuals and communities has created challenges for language services in Australia. The demand for translation and interpreting services for Swahili has rapidly increased due to it ...


Smokescreens And Beer Goggles: How Alcohol Industry Csm Protects The Industry, Sandra C. Jones, Austin Wyatt, Mike Daube Jan 2016

Smokescreens And Beer Goggles: How Alcohol Industry Csm Protects The Industry, Sandra C. Jones, Austin Wyatt, Mike Daube

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Corporate social marketing (CSM) is one of several initiatives companies can undertake to demonstrate their corporate social responsibility (CSR). While there are many motivations for CSR and CSM, all are linked to profit in some way, including promoting the reputation of the organization. While CSM is often seen as evidence of organizations making a contribution to their community, there are some industries whose CSM campaigns have drawn considerable controversy and criticism. This article discusses the role of the alcohol industry in developing and disseminating “responsible drinking” CSM activities. It discusses some of the problems identified with alcohol industry CSM campaigns ...


Our Safety Counts: Key Findings From The Australian Survey Of Kids And Young People Perceptions Of Interpersonal Safety And Characteristics Of Safe Institutions, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry, Steven Roche, Jessica Anne Heerde Jan 2016

Our Safety Counts: Key Findings From The Australian Survey Of Kids And Young People Perceptions Of Interpersonal Safety And Characteristics Of Safe Institutions, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry, Steven Roche, Jessica Anne Heerde

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Literature Review: Foster Carer Attraction, Recruitment, Support And Retention, Lorraine Thomson, Morag Mcarthur, Elizabeth Watt Jan 2016

Literature Review: Foster Carer Attraction, Recruitment, Support And Retention, Lorraine Thomson, Morag Mcarthur, Elizabeth Watt

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Supporting Refugee Families In Australia, Vicky Saunders, Morag Mcarthur, Steven Roche, Erin Barry Jan 2016

Supporting Refugee Families In Australia, Vicky Saunders, Morag Mcarthur, Steven Roche, Erin Barry

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Developing Identity As A Light-Skinned Aboriginal Person With Little Or No Community And/Or Kinship Ties, Bindi Bennett Jan 2015

Developing Identity As A Light-Skinned Aboriginal Person With Little Or No Community And/Or Kinship Ties, Bindi Bennett

Theses

Due to Australia's colonisation history, Aboriginal people now have a complex process of both claiming and building a cultural identity, especially if they have light skin. There has been little research into how light-skinned urban Aboriginal people who lack community and/or kinship ties formulate and build their Aboriginal identity. This is an important area to research for the sustainability of the Aboriginal culture and for light-skinned Aboriginal people for now and the future.


Not Everything Is Imaginary: Children’S Conceptualisations Of Interpersonal Safety, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry Jan 2015

Not Everything Is Imaginary: Children’S Conceptualisations Of Interpersonal Safety, Tim Moore, Morag Mcarthur, Erin Barry

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Supporting Quality Contact Visits For Children In Out-Of-Home Care, Tracey Bullen, Stephanie Taplin, Erin Barry Jan 2015

Supporting Quality Contact Visits For Children In Out-Of-Home Care, Tracey Bullen, Stephanie Taplin, Erin Barry

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


The Importance Of A ‘Human Connection’: Helpful Relationships With Service Users And Linking Social Capital, Justin Barker, Lorraine Thomson, Erin Barry Jan 2015

The Importance Of A ‘Human Connection’: Helpful Relationships With Service Users And Linking Social Capital, Justin Barker, Lorraine Thomson, Erin Barry

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

No abstract provided.


Conceptualising The Prevention Of Child Sexual Abuse, Antonia Quadara, Vicky Nagy, Daryl Higgins, Natalie Siegel Jan 2015

Conceptualising The Prevention Of Child Sexual Abuse, Antonia Quadara, Vicky Nagy, Daryl Higgins, Natalie Siegel

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

Significant numbers of Australian children have experienced neglect, emotional abuse, physical abuse and sexual abuse. The adverse, long-term consequences of these experiences are well demonstrated in the research literature and recognised by the policy and practice communities. This report: • identifies the conceptual, policy and practice challenges that the prevention of child sexual abuse presents • presents a conceptual mapping of dynamics associated with child sexual abuse and sexual exploitation • outlines key directions that could be taken to strengthen prevention strategies. The report is divided into two sections: • Part A: Background literature • Part B: Child sexual abuse: Current issues and future directions


Kcontact, An Enhanced Intervention For Contact Between Children In Out-Of-Home Care And Their Parents : Protocol For A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial, Stephanie Taplin, Tracey Bullen, Morag Mcarthur, Catherine Humphreys, Margaret Kertesz, Timothy Dobbins Jan 2015

Kcontact, An Enhanced Intervention For Contact Between Children In Out-Of-Home Care And Their Parents : Protocol For A Cluster Randomised Controlled Trial, Stephanie Taplin, Tracey Bullen, Morag Mcarthur, Catherine Humphreys, Margaret Kertesz, Timothy Dobbins

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

Background: When children are unable to safely live at home with their parents, contact between these children and their parents is considered, in most cases, important for maintaining children’s sense of identity and relationships with their parents. However, the research evidence on contact is weak and provides little guidance on how to manage contact and when it is beneficial or potentially harmful. The evidence in relation to contact interventions with parents and their children who are to remain in long-term care is the most limited. A small number of studies have been identified where interventions which were therapeutic, child-focused ...


Identifying Alcohol And Other Drug Use During Pregnancy: Outcomes For Women, Their Partners And Their Children, Stephanie Taplin, Giovanna Richmond, Morag Mcarthur Oct 2014

Identifying Alcohol And Other Drug Use During Pregnancy: Outcomes For Women, Their Partners And Their Children, Stephanie Taplin, Giovanna Richmond, Morag Mcarthur

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

A report prepared for the Australian National Council on Drugs, October 2014


Young People's Experiences Of Family Connectedness, Elise Anne Woodman Oct 2014

Young People's Experiences Of Family Connectedness, Elise Anne Woodman

Theses

With a quarter of 16-24 year old Australians experiencing a mental health disorder and strong indicators that rates of these disorders are rising among young Australians, it is vital to address youth mental health and wellbeing. Family connectedness is known to be a key factor for youth wellbeing, but there is little detail about how young people experience it. Understanding the perspectives of young people is essential to help families connect and support the wellbeing of young people. This thesis aims to fill this gap in the understanding of family connectedness by qualitatively exploring young people’s experiences. The study ...


Getting It Right: Creating Partnerships For Change. Integrating Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Knowledges In Social Work Education And Practice, Joanna Zubrzycki, Sue Green, Victoria Jones, Katrina Stratton, Susan Young, Dawn Bessarab Jan 2014

Getting It Right: Creating Partnerships For Change. Integrating Aboriginal And Torres Strait Islander Knowledges In Social Work Education And Practice, Joanna Zubrzycki, Sue Green, Victoria Jones, Katrina Stratton, Susan Young, Dawn Bessarab

Faculty of Education and Arts Publications

The 2012 Australian Social Work Education and Accreditation Standards (ASWEAS) state that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander ways of knowing, being and doing are one of four essential core curriculum content areas alongside Mental Health, Child Wellbeing and Protection and Cross-cultural knowledge and skills, that must now be included in all Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW)-accredited social work programs (Australian Association of Social Workers, 2012a). By articulating this new requirement, the AASW is asserting that social workers need to be informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledges in all areas of practice.


The Stronger Families In Australia (Sfia) Study: Phase 2, Ben Edwards, Killian Mullan, Lian Katz, Daryl Higgins Jan 2014

The Stronger Families In Australia (Sfia) Study: Phase 2, Ben Edwards, Killian Mullan, Lian Katz, Daryl Higgins

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

This report presents a medium- to long-term evaluation of the Communities for Children (CfC) initiative. This Australian Government initiative aims to improve services for young children and their families and the communities they grow up in. The evaluation, known as the Stronger Families in Australia (SFIA) study, looks at the impact of CfC on child, family, and community outcomes. Phase 1 of the evaluation, published in 2009, found a small but positive impact of the initiative. This new report presents findings from Phase 2 of the study, which followed up 1,927 of the original study families, with the children ...


Past Adoption Practices: Key Messages For Service Delivery Responses And Current Policies, Pauline Kenny, Daryl Higgins Jan 2014

Past Adoption Practices: Key Messages For Service Delivery Responses And Current Policies, Pauline Kenny, Daryl Higgins

Faculty of Health Sciences Publications

This chapter draws from the findings of the report Past Adoption Experiences: The National Research Study on the Service Response to Past Adoption Practices, released by the Australian Institute of Family Studies in August 2012 (Kenny, Higgins, Soloff, & Sweid , 2012). Here we examine the nature of identity and connection through the lens of the study participants' lived experiences of past adoptions, and the subsequent effects on the formation of "self" within these constructs, including barriers and enablers. We then explore the influence of these experiences on the participants' views about family formation and composition as they relate to the current ...