We have been fortunate in being invited by the College for Child and Family Protection Practitioners (ACCFPP) to edit a new journal, Communities, Children and Families Australia. The journal is made possible through a collaborative partnership between the Institute and the College which we believe sends a clear message about the complexity of research, policy and practice in child protection and the importance of evidence-based practice.
Communities, Children and Families Australia aims to increase the professional profile of people who work in all areas of child and family welfare through the promotion of practice research, teaching and learning. It is underpinned by assumptions that the challenges faced by children who suffer harm in their families and communities require multiple, complex responses; that cumulative, multi faceted disadvantage cannot be effectively addressed through single discipline or siloed approaches. The journal predominantly features peer reviewed articles but provides the opportunity, also, for practitioner reflection and discussion of small research projects and book reviews.