Child Protection Reflections

Attachment and Resilience

Some reflections on child protection . . .

The requirement that children be protected from abuse, neglect and interpersonal trauma is conceptually simple and beyond reproach.

Child protection practice is not-so-simple.

Child protection requires the community to be informed about the ill-effects of child maltreatment on the development and psychological wellbeing of maltreated children. Child protection requires the community to stand against the abuse and neglect of children.

Strong and effective child protection practice requires a professional workforce that is well-trained and well-supported. Child protection workers require the knowledge and the tools to properly assess and address matters referred to them on an individual, case-by-case basis. There should be no universal adherence to dogma, such as “family preservation”, “permanency planning” or “solution-based-casework”. These all detract from individualised, informed and thoughtful decision-making.

Strong and effective child protection practice requires a strong and informed leadership that supports their professional workforce, to the…

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