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Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation in Child Abuse and Neglect Research within the Child Welfare System in Australia

  • Mohajer Abbass Hameed (a1)

Abstract

Child abuse and neglect is a preventable public health issue, yet a complex global phenomenon with considerable adverse impacts on children, families, health and social services, as well as the Australian community. Despite the widespread adverse impact of child abuse and neglect, the research in this field within Australian child welfare systems is relatively scarce. What is needed is to understand the various challenges, barriers and limitations that face child abuse and neglect researchers and impede methodologically rigorous research within child welfare systems in Australia. This paper provides a brief overview of the key methodological limitations, barriers and challenges, as well as the strengths of the research methods used in studying child abuse and neglect. This paper also explores the potential gains from adopting a national translational research framework. Innovative translation of research and knowledge into effective care system responses and evidence-based practices for children remains a pressing issue. Further advances in Australian research and the evidence base will require substantial investment in research and evaluation activities, with a new emphasis on translational research and active collaboration between researchers and practitioners. Finally, this paper concludes with key recommendations and directions for future Australian-based research with the ultimate goal of improving practices and policies.

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address for correspondence: Dr. Mohajer A. Hameed, PhD, Team Leader, Berry Street Victoria, Take Two Programme, 677 The Boulevard, Eaglemont, VIC 3084, Australia. E-mail: mhameed@berrystreet.org.au

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Challenges and Opportunities for Innovation in Child Abuse and Neglect Research within the Child Welfare System in Australia

  • Mohajer Abbass Hameed (a1)

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