Fatally Flawed: The Child Protection Crisis in Australia


Disadvantage or even death at the hands of their dysfunctional parents continues to be the fate of children who are frequently reported to the NSW Department of Community Services (DoCS), in spite of a $1billion budget. If liberals want to reduce welfare dependence, they must take inspiration from liberalism’s long and noble history of civic action in defence of the most vulnerable members of society. The bureaucracy, the politics, and the ideology that damages children must be dispensed with, and child protection must once more become a genuine community responsibility.

CIS Research Fellow Dr. Jeremy Sammut will explore this issue in the 4th installment of the CIS ‘Meet the Researchers’ lecture series. Dr. Sammut is the author of Fatally Flawed: the Child Protection Crisis in Australia.