This website is for all those who care about building capacity among families involved in child protection.


Our research points to a view that child protection should be done differently: that we need to promote widening and inclusive circles of care for children, while guarding against policies that exacerbate problems of broken relationships, shame and loss.

Our purpose is to improve the quality of relationships among parents, children, carers, families, community workers and child protection authorities. Improving relationships requires empowering those who are currently silenced. Empowerment is necessary to build can-do-ness or capacity that spreads throughout a community and is sustainable.

This website is for researchers, policy advisers, professionals working in the field, and parents and families. We share research papers, reports and publications, links to books, films, press articles and useful websites, and commentary on current policy.

This website brings together findings from the Capacity Building in Child Protection Projects between 2006 and 2011, and ongoing research in the Regulation and Social Capital Project in the Regulatory Institutions Network at The Australian National University.



Find out more about the research projects that we have involved with over the years.

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Want to learn more? We share research papers and reports, as well as policy issues and reports in the press and the arts. 

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