Journal article

Informing Permanent Care Discourses: A Thematic Analysis of Parliamentary Debates in Victoria

Penny Mackieson, Aron Shlonsky, Marie Connolly

BRITISH JOURNAL OF SOCIAL WORK | OXFORD UNIV PRESS | Published : 2018

Abstract

The policy, legal and service configuration of a child and family welfare system reflects the historically predominant ideological perspectives relating to children, families, community and state. Examination of parliamentary debates provides a window on the discourses relating to policy and legislative change in a jurisdiction. This article presents a document analysis of parliamentary debates in the Australian state of Victoria using Applied Thematic Analysis to investigate the key issues and ideas that informed consideration of the Bills associated with the 1989 introduction of Permanent Care Orders—a special form of guardianship preferred to adoption for children drifting in out-of-home ..

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Funding Acknowledgements

This study was supported by an Australian Government Research Training Program Scholarship.