A new child protection strategy for Aboriginal communities in Western Australia

Mace, Glenn and Powell, Martine 2012, A new child protection strategy for Aboriginal communities in Western Australia, Current issues in criminal justice, vol. 24, no. 2, pp. 273-283.

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Title A new child protection strategy for Aboriginal communities in Western Australia
Author(s) Mace, Glenn
Powell, Martine
Journal name Current issues in criminal justice
Volume number 24
Issue number 2
Start page 273
End page 283
Total pages 11
Publisher University of Sydney : Law School. Institute of Criminology
Place of publication Sydney, N.S.W.
Publication date 2012
ISSN 1034-5329
Keyword(s) child protection
Aboriginal communities
Western Australia
Summary Despite numerous government inquiries and reforms, child sexual abuse in remote Aboriginal communities is a well-documented, ongoing problem. Established in Western Australia in 2009, Operation RESET is a multi-agency proactive community engagement initiative designed to improve the ability of communities and supporting agencies to detect, respond to and prevent child sexual abuse through the implementation of community engagement, capacity building and educational strategies. This comment describes the three core principles of Operation RESET: tackling child sexual abuse requires a collaborative, proactive approach between government and communities; the underlying causes and context of child sexual abuse must be recognised; and children's overall safety and wellbeing must be enhanced through integrated services that strengthen and empower families and communities. It also enumerates the seven phases of the operation's implementation, from identifying target communities to deploying an exit strategy. The comment ends by addressing the importance of empirical evaluation.
Language eng
Field of Research 170104 Forensic Psychology
Socio Economic Objective 970117 Expanding Knowledge in Psychology and Cognitive Sciences
HERDC Research category C1 Refereed article in a scholarly journal
Persistent URL http://hdl.handle.net/10536/DRO/DU:30050941

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