Mothers and the Child Protection System

Posted: 13 May 2009

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Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland

Date Written: August 2009

Abstract

Child protection intervention has increased dramatically in Australia and elsewhere over recent years. The increased intervention has left many parents, especially mothers, feeling bewildered, confused, and distrustful of the legal system. There has been limited research conducted about the experience of mothers involved in legal processes associated with child protection intervention. Drawing on information gathered from focus group discussions with workers who support mothers in child protection interventions, this article explores the role of parent advocates in the child protection sphere. The article concludes that parents should be supported by an advocate at all levels of the child protection intervention process and where this is not possible, strong information sharing protocols should be developed.

Suggested Citation

Douglas, Heather and Walsh, Tamara, Mothers and the Child Protection System (August 2009). International Journal of Law, Policy and the Family, Vol. 23, Issue 2, pp. 211-229, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=1401800 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/lawfam/ebp004

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law ( email )

The University of Queensland
St Lucia
4072 Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

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