Journal article

Permanent Care Orders in Victoria: A Thematic Analysis of Implementation Issues

Penny Mackieson, Aron Shlonsky, Marie Connolly

AUSTRALIAN SOCIAL WORK | ROUTLEDGE JOURNALS, TAYLOR & FRANCIS LTD | Published : 2019

Abstract

Seeking permanency for children is a central concern of Western child protection and out-of-home care systems, with approaches differing between and within countries. Historically, Australia has not prioritised adoption as a permanency pathway. In the state of Victoria there has been a preference for the use of Permanent Care Orders (PCOs), which have been positioned highly in the permanency hierarchy. Despite their significance, little research has been undertaken in relation to the implementation of PCOs. This article reports on a study that explored themes associated with the implementation of PCOs through an analysis of submissions to an inquiry into the early outcomes from Victoria's 20..

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