Delivering evidence informed child protection policy
Thirty nine inquiries into child protection (and related) systems have been conducted over the past decade.
The presence of traditionally contested values about the role of State in the family, strong community feelings, intense media attention and high political sensitivity, add to the already complex and emotionally-charged process of child protection policy development. It is not surprising then that evidence-informed policy is a relatively recent notion in child protection and that there are often significant barriers to the uptake of research findings in the policy arena.
Since its inception, the Australian Centre for Child Protection has worked toward overcoming many of these barriers and has made a noteworthy contribution to recent reforms in child protection policy and reform efforts.
Through evidence-informed submissions, advice and appointments the Centre has influenced the findings and recommendations of State and Federal child protection inquires and royal commissions including:
- Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW
- Board of Inquiry into the Child Protection System in the Northern Territory
- Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry
- Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry
- Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
- Child Protection Systems Royal Commission (SA)
“Over a ten year period the Centre has produced a strong body of evidence in the field of child protection and this has influenced national policy directions and practical responses to working with vulnerable children”.
Department of Industry, Innovation, Climate Change, Science, Research and Tertiary Education 2013