Skip to Content

Systems for Protecting Children - consultation paper released

Icon: The What Works Owl

Objectives of the project

This project seeks to support achievement of improved outcomes for Australian children by considering current global evidence on what works to enable system level change and, in particular, achievement of the public health approach (PHA) to protect children.

The PHA emphasises universal preventative initiatives (primary approaches) and early intervention (secondary approaches), with the statutory system (tertiary approaches, such as placement of children in out-of-home care) seen as a last resort.

Specifically the project seeks to answer the question:

What is known about systems that enable the ‘public health approach’ to protecting children?

It will focus on synthesising evidence related to systems (or parts of a system) such as:

  • What do alternative systems for protecting children look like?
  • What are the key components of a system to protect children that focus on prevention and early intervention approaches?
  • How can shifts towards prevention strategies be achieved within systems, so that the need for tertiary service interventions is reduced?

Consultation paper released

A consultation paper has been released that includes questions on which the Secretariat for the Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service seeks information and feedback. Feedback was due by 21 March 2019.

Read the consultation paper

Report on Government Services, Child protection services

The annual Report on Government Services (RoGS) provides information on the equity, efeectiveness and efficiency of government services in Australia.

The child protection services chapter focusses on government provided or funded child protection, out-of-home care, family support services and intensive family support services.

Read the child protection services chapter