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Risk assessment in child protection: problem rather than solution?

Gillingham, Philip 2006, Risk assessment in child protection: problem rather than solution?, Australian social work, vol. 59, no. 1, pp. 86-98, doi: 10.1080/03124070500449804.

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Title Risk assessment in child protection: problem rather than solution?
Author(s) Gillingham, Philip
Journal name Australian social work
Volume number 59
Issue number 1
Start page 86
End page 98
Publisher Australian Association of Social Workers
Place of publication North Richmond, Vic.
Publication date 2006-03
ISSN 0312-407X
1447-0748
Keyword(s) child protection
risk assessment
Summary Risk assessment in child protection services has been promoted as the most reliable way to ensure that maltreatment to children is prevented and has become central to practice with children and families. However, recent research in Australia has suggested that children are being left in unsafe situations, leading to further maltreatment, by the very agencies responsible for their protection. The present article explores the reasons why child protection has become central to child protection practice and presents a wide ranging critical appraisal of risk assessment and its application. It is argued that risk assessment is a flawed process and, as a central tenet of practice, is implicated in any problems that children's protective services face. Consequently, any future reconfiguration of services for children in need of protection needs to include a re-evaluation of the efficacy of risk  assessment.
Language eng
DOI 10.1080/03124070500449804
Field of Research 160799 Social Work not elsewhere classified
Socio Economic Objective 970116 Expanding Knowledge through Studies of Human Society
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Copyright notice ©2006, Taylor & Francis
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30003626

Document type: Journal Article
Collection: School of Health and Social Development
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