The New Zealand Government is attempting to reform its child protection system. The Social Policy Research Centre is producing a report that aims to inform this process by identifying key systemic challenges and strategies associated with modernising child protection systems in other countries (compared to Zealand). It explores attempts to improve the quality of response and contain costs by refocusing systems around principles of prevention and early intervention; reducing numbers of children in out of home care; addressing the over-representation of Indigenous and minority children; and promoting multi-agency responses and non-government sector involvement. Examples are drawn from England, Canada, the United States, Norway and Australia.
NZ Families Commission (Social Policy Evaluation and Research Unit)
Aron Shlonsky (University of Melbourne); Robyn Mildon (Save the Children Australia)