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The limitations of using statutory child protection data for research into child maltreatment

Bromfield, Leah and Higgins, Daryl 2004, The limitations of using statutory child protection data for research into child maltreatment, Australian social work, vol. 57, no. 1, pp. 19-30, doi: 10.1111/j.0312-407X.2003.t01-1-00110.x.

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Title The limitations of using statutory child protection data for research into child maltreatment
Author(s) Bromfield, Leah
Higgins, Daryl
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 57
Issue number 1
Start page 19
End page 30
Publisher Routledge
Place of publication Melbourne, Vic.
Publication date 2004-03
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) Abused children
child abuse
child welfare
family violence
social service
Summary Child protection legislation has undergone a number of changes since its inception, changes that have redefined the population of children in need of protection. However, child protection data on notifications and substantiations remain the most common source of data for statistics on the rate of maltreatment and the breakdown of specific maltreatment types. In the present study, three factors are identified that have compromised the accuracy of child protection data reporting the incidence of child abuse and neglect: (i) the legislative changes that mandate child protection services to protect children from harm rather than from identifiable adult actions; (ii) the shift from the Harm Standard to the Endangerment Standard; and (iii) the assignment of responsibility solely to parents.
Language eng
DOI 10.1111/j.0312-407X.2003.t01-1-00110.x
Field of Research 160702 Counselling, Welfare and Community Services
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30002649

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Psychology
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