ARC Discovery Grant to explore removal of infants by the child protection system

Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin at the Institute of Child Protection Studies has been awarded an ARC Discovery Grant to explore the nature, extent and impact of the removal of infants by the child protection system.

$320,000 will be provided by the Australian Research Council for this three year study, which will increase knowledge about the nature, extent and impact of removals, repeat removals and entries of new babies into the care system, and to identify appropriate early intervention and prevention strategies, thereby preventing the need for babies to spend their whole childhood in care at great financial and societal cost. The study will be implemented in NSW and WA, and comparisons made with the findings from parallel studies in England and USA.

Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin is the Chief Investigator for the study, along with Dr Melissa O'Donnell from the University of Western Australia, and Prof Rhonda Marriott from Murdoch University. Prof Karen Broadhurst from Lancaster University in the UK, and Dr Fred Wulczyn from the University of Chicago in the USA are Partner Investigators.

For more information about this study, contact Assoc Prof Stephanie Taplin.