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The power and the responsibility : child protection in the post-welfare state era / Jeremy Sammut
Bib ID 4926674
Format BookBook
Author
Sammut, Jeremy, 1971-
 
Description St Leonards, N.S.W. : Centre for Independent Studies, 2010 
29 p. ; 21 cm. 
ISBN 9781864321739
Series

CIS occasional papers, 0155-7386 ; 117

Summary

"Government-run child protection services in Australia are plagued by systemic problems including a misguided emphasis on family preservation. This paper examines the cultural, political and ideological impediments to change. Recent flawed 'reform' programs in NSW and Victoria have highlighted these problems, especially the negative role played by non-government sector interest-groups. This suggests the political process is unlikely to deliver genuine reform without undertaking a radical re-organisation of the child protection system based on the liberal principles of citizenship and civil society. Drawing upon the writings of John Stuart Mill, the paper suggests that ordinary citizens must take back the power and responsibility for child protection from state bureaucracies"--Publisher's website.

Notes

"This paper is based on a lecture delivered on 4 May 2010 at The Centre for Independent Studies as part of the Meet the Researchers series."-- [p. i]

Includes bibliographical references.

Subjects Child welfare -- Australia.  |  Abused children -- Services for -- Australia.  |  Child abuse -- Australia -- Prevention.  |  Family services -- Australia.
Other authors/contributors Centre for Independent Studies (Australia)

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