Informing social work practice with theory: Reflections on the protection of Aboriginal children in remote communities of Australia

Informing social work practice with theory: Reflections on the protection of Aboriginal children in remote communities of Australia Journal Article

The British Journal of Social Work

  • Author(s): Nietz, Heidi
  • Published: 2019
  • Volume: bcy124

Abstract: Recent reforms to the Australian child-protection sector have widened its scope from solely a statutory child-protection system to a public-health model to increase the number of agencies involved in the provision of services for children who are deemed ‘vulnerable’ or ‘at risk’. Nevertheless, the number of Aboriginal children in the sector continues to increase. This paper argues that the reflective basis of social work practice in Australia contains a lack that evades consideration of the ‘projective identifications’ informing practice. Social workers are more likely to achieve safety outcomes for children when such projections are acknowledged and tendered to in their reflective practice.

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Nietz, Heidi, 2019, Informing social work practice with theory: Reflections on the protection of Aboriginal children in remote communities of Australia, Volume:bcy124, Journal Article, viewed 18 August 2022, https://www.nintione.com.au/?p=14491.

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