Workforce Trends in Statutory Child Protection


Prof Morag McArthur, Lorraine Thomson

Funding Source:

Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs


This project was a national analysis of workforce trends and approaches that affect Australia's statutory child protection workforce. It aimed to identify:
  • The national trends that impact upon recruitment and retention in the statutory child protection workforce;
  • Successful strategies that are, or will be employed  by state and territory governments to recruit, retain and support the statutory child protection workforce; and,
  • Identify priorities at jurisdictional and national levels that could be considered to further develop capacity and expertise of the statutory child protection workforce.

The analysis drew upon the research evidence and current knowledge and strategies used by state and territory child protection services. FaHCSIA contracted the Institute to undertake this work under the 'National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children', of which 'Building Capacity and Expertise' is a National Priority.

For more information about the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children, click here (new window).


McArthur, M., & Thomson, L. (2012). National Analysis of Workforce Trends in Statutory Child Protection. Canberra: Institute of Child Protection Studies, ACU.