The child in child protection: Invisible and unheard

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The paper presents findings from a qualitative study of four child death reviews published in Australia. The study was informed by the theoretical concept of childism. A critical social research methodology facilitated the exposure of childist dynamics in statutory child protection. The transformation of child protection practices and systems has traditionally relied on the imposition of never-ending structural changes, policies, and procedures. This paper proposes that transformation and the erosion of childist dynamics is contingent on humane and ethical statutory child protection agencies.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)135-143
Number of pages9
JournalChild and Family Social Work
Issue number1
Early online date26 Jul 2019
Publication statusPublished - 1 Feb 2020


  • child protection
  • childism
  • ethical practice
  • oppression
  • social work practice


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