Principles for Child Centred Practice


Dr Gail Winkworth, Prof Morag McArthur

Funding Source:

ACT Community Services Directorate


The 'principles for child-centred practice' provide a set of principles which can be used to evaluate the 'child centredness' of policies and procedures in child protection.

The ten principles are based upon four themes from the literature: the importance of recognising critical time-frames in childhood and adolescence, including assisting children and young people as early as possible; taking into account the developmental needs of children and young people in all interventions; providing children and young people with appropriate opportunities to participate in all aspects of child protection interventions which affect them; and promoting a collaborative approach to the care and protection of children, including the strengthening of networks that are critical to their well being.


Research monograph

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2006). Principles for Child-Centred Practice: Timely, developmentally appropriate, participatory and collaborative. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.

Associated publications

Winkworth, G., & McArthur, M. (2006). Being 'child centred' in child protection. What does it mean? Children Australia, 31(4).