Canada and other high income countries have developed complex child welfare systems to protect vulnerable children and youth from harm. While no doubt procuring safety for many children, these systems can do more to better outcomes. Specifically, these outcomes include the critical capacity of child welfare services to make evidence informed practice decisions and to improve service systems so that they rely on identifying, gathering, and effectively uytilizing institutional data and external research knowledge.
Research found in this hub points to exciting new developments in the creation and mobilization of knowledge to affect more credible child protection services.
You can learn about the building of longitudinal data bases in Canada and Australia that will allow us to locate, augment, restructure and use institutional data to not only better assess protection services, but to more competently analyse the complex weave of factors that influence children’s pathways through the child welfare system.
Discover how the linking of different data sets is permitting agencies, child protection authorities and researchers to collaboratively develop and answer pressing child welfare questions like: Why are aboriginal children overrepresented in the child welfare system? Do very young children need something more than the child welfare system is giving them?
You can also find the latest findings from systematic reviews of research that are relevant to the mission and information needs of child protection services.
Child welfare services need credible information to improve outcomes for vulnerable children and families. Research found in this hub highlights ground-breaking work being done to create information systems and networks that will allow us to achieve this goal.