4 September 2008

New Prescription For Protecting Vulnerable Children

 

New ways to protect vulnerable children from abuse and neglect will be explored in a special seminar in Melbourne on 11 September marking National Child Protection Week 2008.

Hosted by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, the seminar will be presented by the Director of the Australian Centre for Child Protection at the University of South Australia, Professor Dorothy Scott.

Professor Scott says the drafting of a new National Child Protection Framework presents “a window of opportunity to pursue new strategies” for supporting children as more whole-of- government approaches come to the fore.

“The obstacles to achieving this are well known, they’re political, philosophical as well as practical. But new possibilities are emerging and ideas and initiatives are beginning to transcend the conventional focus to date which has been on improving co-ordination and collaboration of services,” Professor Scott said.

Recently returned from the UK, Professor Scott will give an overview of a major new initiative called ‘Think Family’ currently being developed by the UK Cabinet Office’s Social Exclusion Taskforce.

She will also draw attention to Australian family-centred approaches to help vulnerable children and parents and their potential to be transplanted to other settings.

Professor Scott began her career in child welfare in the early 1970s as a seventeen year old childcare worker in Melbourne. Moved by the suffering of children in care, she went on to study social work and practiced in the area of foster care and adoption. Later Professor Scott returned to Melbourne University as Head of the School of Social Work.

Professor Scott has conducted numerous Australian reviews and inquiries into child protection and has served on Ministerial advisory bodies in several States and Territories.

Her presentation is part of the Australian Institute of Family Studies Seminar Series that brings together eminent speakers on contemporary issues in national and international family research, providing a public forum for discussion and debate.

 

Seminar: Thursday 11 September, 11.30am to 12.45pm

State Library of Victoria, Conference Centre, Village Roadshow Theatrette,
Entry 3, La Trobe Street, Melbourne.

 

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