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The Child, Youth and Family Review : a commentary on prevention Emily Keddell

By: Keddell, Emily.
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Auckland, New Zealand : The Policy Observatory, Auckland University of Technology, 2017Description: electronic document (35 pages) ; PDF file: 487 KB.Subject(s): PREVENTION | GOVERNMENT POLICY | CHILD ABUSE | New Zealand. Ministry for Vulnerable Children, Oranga Tamariki | New Zealand. Child, Youth and Family | New Zealand. Modernising Child, Youth and Family Expert Panel | CHILD NEGLECT | CHILD PROTECTION | CHILD WELFARE | SOCIAL POLICY | SOCIAL SERVICES | SUPPORT SERVICES | WELLBEING | NEW ZEALANDOnline resources: Click here to access online | Access the website Summary: Child protection services are in a process of ongoing reform. This includes the Vulnerable Child Reforms of 2011-2014 and, more recently, the creation of the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children | Oranga Tamariki in April 2017. This report by social work academic Dr. Emily Keddell focuses on one aspect of the recent reforms: the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Keddell highlights the points of tension between the way that child abuse is defined throughout the review process, the details of the proposed reforms, and the design of child protection systems. She highlights the way that policies for the prevention of child abuse and neglect are informed by the government’s new social investment approach, which in some cases could create perverse incentives for service deliverers in the nongovernmental sector. Keddell recommends a more holistic approach to prevention, which shifts the emphasis ‘away from treating problem individuals or families, and a narrow focus on the prevention of child abuse, to the provision of a broad policy landscape that promotes wellbeing.’ (From the Foreword). This report is part of an ongoing series on urgent contemporary policy issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. This series is action-oriented and solutions-focused, with an objective of bringing academic research to bear on the economic, social and environmental challenges facing us today. (About the report). Record #5480
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Child protection services are in a process of ongoing reform. This includes the Vulnerable Child Reforms of 2011-2014 and, more recently, the creation of the new Ministry for Vulnerable Children | Oranga Tamariki in April 2017.

This report by social work academic Dr. Emily Keddell focuses on one aspect of the recent reforms: the prevention of child abuse and neglect. Keddell highlights the points of tension between the way that child abuse is defined throughout the review process, the details of the proposed reforms, and the design of child protection systems. She highlights the way that policies for the prevention of child abuse and neglect are informed by the government’s new social investment approach, which in some cases could create perverse incentives for service deliverers in the nongovernmental sector. Keddell recommends a more holistic approach to prevention, which shifts the emphasis ‘away from treating problem individuals or families, and a narrow focus on the prevention of child abuse, to the provision of a broad policy landscape that promotes wellbeing.’ (From the Foreword). This report is part of an ongoing series on urgent contemporary policy issues in Aotearoa New Zealand. This series is action-oriented and solutions-focused, with an objective of bringing academic research to bear on the economic, social and environmental challenges facing us today. (About the report). Record #5480

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