Journal article

Infant removals: The need to address the over-representation of Aboriginal infants and community concerns of another 'stolen generation'

Melissa O'Donnell, Stephanie Taplin, Rhonda Marriott, Fernando Lima, Fiona J Stanley

CHILD ABUSE & NEGLECT | PERGAMON-ELSEVIER SCIENCE LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

OBJECTIVES: The removal of a child from their parents is traumatising, particularly in Aboriginal communities where a history of child removals has led to intergenerational trauma. This study will determine where disparities in child protection involvement exist among Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children and characteristics associated with infant removals. Challenges faced by child protection and other agencies, and opportunities for overcoming these, are discussed. METHODS: Data from both the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare and linked Western Australian government data was used to examine disparities between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal children in the child protection and out..

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Grants

Awarded by National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship


Awarded by Australian Research Council


Funding Acknowledgements

We acknowledge the partnership of the Western Australian Government Departments of Health, Communities, Education, and Justice which provided data for this project. We thank the Data Linkage Branch of the Department of Health for linking the data. The views expressed are not necessarily those of the Government Departments that have provided data for this project. We also thank the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare for providing the national data. We acknowledge Fernando Lima who conducted the statistical analyses for this paper. Melissa O'Donnell was supported by a National Health and Medical Research Council Early Career Fellowship (1012439). This research was also supported by an Australian Research Council Linkage Project Grant (LP100200507) and an Australian Research Council Discovery Grant (DP110100967).