Article type: Original Research

PUBLISHED 1 January 1988

Volume 13 Issue 1

Preventative Child Welfare Services in Victoria

Brian Mitchell

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Brian Mitchell


1 St. Anthony’s Family Service, Melbourne

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The idea of prevention in child welfare is not new. The prevention of substitute placement of children whether on a temporary or long-term basis has been a fundamental principle of child welfare we have held to for many years in Victoria.

However, it is only in the last decade that this principle is actually being carried out in practice by a number of voluntary agencies. For many children placement is still commonly used as a solution it is easier to place a child than to promote change within many multi-deficit families.

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