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Launch of Cultural Diversity and Child Protection Report

On 17th July, I was able to launch my report, Cultural Diversity and Child Protection: A review of the Australian research on the needs of culturally and linguistically diverse (CALD) and refugee children and families in Brisbane with the kind support of the Queensland Commission of Children and Young People and Child Guardian, there were more than 40 people who attended the launch. The video from today’s launch will be uploaded to my website later on today.

I will be holding similar launch events in Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth and Hobart over the upcoming months. A copy of the report was sent to each Minister responsible for Child Protection in all states and territories and Children Commissioners, as well as senior policy makers in each state and territory. It is my hope that this research review will provide the necessary ‘evidence’ to ensure the needs of CALD and refugee communities are included into the Second 3 Year Action (2012-2015) under the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children and also inform the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

You can access and download the PDF report from which has also been listed onto the Australian Policy online website.

This research report is the first publication of its kind to review the available research literature on the CALD and refugee families in the Australian Child Protection System (CPS).

This review was able to identify 13 publications describing Australian research completed between 1996 up to June 2012. The Research reviewed all the available Australian research evidence to establish ‘baseline knowledge’ for policymakers, practitioners and researchers.

The Report includes research on:

  • Cultural diversity in CALD and refugee communities
  • Risk factors for child abuse and neglect in CALD and refugee families
  • Communication and language considerations
  • Child protection assessment frameworks
  • Key messages from the Australian research on CALD and refugee families in CPS
  • Presentation of CALD and refugee communities in CPS and their experiences
  • Scoping Study on CALD and refugee children and young people in OOHC in Victoria.

This review identifies the emerging research on CALD and refugee communities coming to the attention of Australian child protection systems and proposes a number of recommendations to practitioners and policy makers to address the current gaps in service delivery data collection, policy and practice guidelines.

If you would like a hard copy of the report email Jatinder at

Jatinder Kaur, Director, JK Diversity Consultants

One Comment Post a comment
  1. Gary Roberts #

    please continue this conversation over at our new blog site:

    August 9, 2012

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