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Title: The Limits of Working with Children Cards in Protecting Children
Contributor(s): Budiselik, William (author); Crawford, Frances  (author); Squelch, Joan (author)
Publication Date: 2009
DOI: 10.1080/03124070902964624
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Abstract: In 2006 Western Australia passed legislation that introduced a system to check criminal records and issue permits to those who wish to work with children. In 2007, the legislation was described by the minister responsible as a "powerful system that would prevent harm to children". This paper explores that system and identifies limits to its effectiveness. The paper concluded that unless the system's limits are fully appreciated there is a possibility of a paradoxical outcome, whereby children's lives will be less safe. It also raises the question of whether in the area of record checking a national approach is not preferable to each state and territory developing its own system.
Publication Type: Journal Article
Source of Publication: Australian Social Work, 62(3), p. 339-352
Publisher: Routledge
Place of Publication: Australia
ISSN: 0312-407X
Field of Research (FOR): 111707 Family Care
160703 Social Program Evaluation
160299 Criminology not elsewhere classified
Socio-Economic Outcome Codes: 940402 Crime Prevention
940105 Childrens/Youth Services and Childcare
940117 Structure, Delivery and Financing of Community Services
Peer Reviewed: Yes
HERDC Category Description: C1 Refereed Article in a Scholarly Journal
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