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A National Survey on Perceptions of How Child Protection Authorities Work 2010: The Perspective of Third Parties Preliminary Findings Occasional Paper 16

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    A National Survey on Perceptions of How Child Protection Authorities Work 2010: The Perspective of Third Parties Preliminary Findings Mary Ivec, Valerie Braithwaite and Monika Reinhart Occasional Paper 16 February 2011  A National Survey on Perceptions of How Child Protection Authorities Work 2010: he Perspective of hird PartiesPreli!inary "indin#s"e$ruary 2011Prepared $y%ary &vec' (alerie )raithwaite * %onika +einhart +e#ulatory &nstitutions Network Australian National ,niversityCan$erra+e#Net -ccasional Paper No. 1/  © Regulatory Institutions Network, ANU College of Asia and the Pacific, Australian National University 20 National !i"rary of Australia Cataloguing#in#Pu"lication entryAuthor$Ivec, %ary&'itle$A national survey on (erce(tions of how child (rotection authorities work 200$ the  (ers(ective of third (arties&)electronic resource*$ (reli+inary findings  %ary Ivec, -alerie .raithwaite, %onika Reinhart& I/.N$10033024e(u"5/u"6ects$Child welfare##Australia##Pu"lic o(inion&Child welfare##Political as(ects##Australia&7ther AuthorsContri"utors$.raithwaite, -& A& 4-alerie A&5, 8#Reinhart, %onika&Australian National University& Regulatory Institutions Network 9ewey Nu+"er$3:2&1:0;  Disclaimer 'his article has "een written as (art of a series of (u"lications issued fro+ the Regulatory Institutions Network& 'he views contained in this article are re(resentative of the authors only and not of the Australian National University or any funding (artner&  'a"le of Contents .ackground and 7verview22/urvey22& %ethodology22&2 Partici(ants32&3 9escri(tion of sa+(le in ter+s of social#de+ogra(hic varia"les including ta"les and gra(hs "y state, age, education and occu(ation33<eadline Results13&Regulatory A((roach13&& Regulatory A((roach$ /urvey (artici(ants= views on how child  (rotection authorities should engage with the co++unity if they are to achieve their goals13&2Regulatory Practice03&2& Regulatory Practice$ /urvey (artici(ants= views on what statutory child (rotection authorities do well and not so well03&2&2 Regulatory Practice of 'hird Parties$ /urvey (artici(ants= views on usefulness of >third (arties= 4e&g& defined as so+eone related or unrelated to the fa+ily "ut who is trusted "y the fa+ily523&3Relationshi( %anage+ent33&3& Relationshi( %anage+ent$ /urvey (artici(ants= views a"out trust in and engage+ent with child (rotection authorities33&3&2 Relationshi( %anage+ent$ ?hat survey (artici(ants think a"out the actions of child (rotection authorities in intervening, hel(ing and linking fa+ilies to resources;3&3&3 Relationshi( %anage+ent$ <ow third (arties (erceive their own treat+ent "y child (rotection authorities83&3&; Relationshi( %anage+ent$ /urvey (artici(ants= (erce(tions of the integrity and (rocedural 6ustice shown "y child (rotection authorities when engaging with (arents, fa+ilies and the co++unity:3&;/tandards Perfor+ance 3&;& /tandards Perfor+ance$ /urvey (artici(ants= re(ort card on the child (rotection syste+ @ <ow well is the syste+ acting on the  (rinci(les for "est (ractice as outlined in the National Child Protection ra+eworkB3&;&2 /tandards Perfor+ance$ Re(ort card on the child (rotection syste+ @ ?hat are (erceived as "eing the +a6or o"stacles to +aking (rogress on the (rinci(les of the National Child Protection ra+eworkB203&8%otivational Postures223&8& %otivational Postures$ /urvey (artici(ants= "eliefs a"out and attitudes towards the child (rotection syste+ @ <ow survey  (artici(ants a((roach authorities in their current 6o"22;'a"les$ /u++ary descri(tion of res(onses to survey uestions288Dra(hs for res(onses to the survey uestions38:E+ail Invitation and Infor+ation /heet to Partici(ants, Fuestionnaire31References8 1  1Background and Overview 'his re(ort is "ased on a survey of ;21 (eo(le fro+ all Australian states and territories who logged on to an ANU we" survey and answered 21 uestions a"out the way in which child  (rotection syste+s across Australia are o(erating& 'hose invited to (artici(ate had worked alongside child (rotection authorities and were contacted through nu+erous e+ail networks that the researchers were a"le to access either directly or indirectly through colleagues& /now"alling was encouraged, with (artici(ants invited to widen the we" of (eo(le included in the survey& 'he focus of the survey was on govern+ent child (rotection agencies G how well is govern+ent doing in overseeing the child (rotection syste+ and how well does govern+ent work with third (arties 4including other govern+ent agencies such as (olice5 to ensure that children are "eing cared for& 'he results reflect syste+atic criticis+ with the way in which child (rotection agencies are connecting to others who occu(y (rofessional roles, to fa+ilies and to carers& Het there is no evidence that those res(onding to the survey did not share the sa+e "elief that child (rotection agencies had very i+(ortant work to do& 'hey si+(ly  "elieved that child (rotection agencies needed a different way of doing things and needed to work +ore with other agencies and grou(s who could offer assistance& 'hose doing the 6udging in this survey are third (arties G doctors, lawyers, teachers, (olice, and welfare and health workers with 12 of res(ondents covered "y +andatory re(orting legislation& 'he average nu+"er of years res(ondents worked alongside child (rotection agencies was  years& 'heir average age was ;; years, 1 were wo+an and across all res(ondents 10 had a university degree& 'he sa+(le co+(rised 30 res(ondents who identified as A"srcinal& No clai+s can "e +ade a"out the re(resentativeness of this sa+(le  "ecause of how it was recruited& 'he consistency of res(onses, however, "oth uantitative and ualitative suggest that the views of this sa+(le of third (arties should "e taken seriously and used to foster a range of local de"ates on how child (rotection authorities +ay work with co++unities "etter& Confidence in the findings can "e taken fro+ the si+ilarity of the results with the conclusions of +any of the recent re(orts on the (rovision of care for children who are a"used or neglected in this country 4.a+"lett, .ath and Rose"y 200J %ullighan 200J ?ood 200J ord 2001J ?ild and Anderson 2001J Cri+e and %isconduct Co++ission 200;J -ardon 200;5& ?hat this re(ort adds is an understanding of how (eo(le in the field are thinking a"out child (rotection G where are the (oints of controversy and how +ight they "e addressed so that the syste+ can continue to evolve in +ore (ositive directions& 2Survey 2.1Methodology A self re(ort we" survey +ethodology was utilised for this study& 'he survey ran fro+ e"ruary to August 200& A total of 20 state+entsuestions (lus  uestions reuesting free teKt res(onses +ade u( the survey& Fuantitative data were used for the statistical analyses  (resented in this re(ort& Fualitative analyses of the free teKt res(onses will "e the su"6ect of a second re(ort scheduled for co+(letion "y the end of Lune 20& 2
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