Legal Responses to Child Protection, Poverty and Homelessness

Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 2: 133-146, 2009

Posted: 20 Jun 2015

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Tamara Walsh

University of Queensland

Heather Douglas

The University of Queensland - TC Beirne School of Law

Date Written: 2009

Abstract

Removal of children from the care of their parents is one of the most fundamental forms of intrusion the state may have in the lives of families. Those experiencing poverty are disproportionately targeted for intervention by child protection departments. This article reports on the results of two research studies that provide empirical evidence regarding the relationship between child protection and poverty. The links between child protection and poverty are well-documented. However, our research supports the view that existing knowledge is not being effectively translated into practice. Respondents to our research offered a number of practical suggestions as to how protective outcomes may be brought about for children living in poverty. In particular, their recommendations emphasise the importance of the provision of material assistance and support in building the capacity of families to adequately provide for, and protect, their children.

JEL Classification: K00

Suggested Citation

Walsh, Tamara and Douglas, Heather, Legal Responses to Child Protection, Poverty and Homelessness (2009). Journal of Social Welfare and Family Law, 31 2: 133-146, 2009. Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2620493

Tamara Walsh (Contact Author)

University of Queensland ( email )

St Lucia
Brisbane, Queensland 4072
Australia

Heather Douglas

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

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

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