chapter  4
Policing minority child-rearing practices in Australia
David Thorpe
ByThe consistency of ‘child abuse’
Pages 19

This chapter will explore the impact of child protection services on single-parent families and aboriginal families in Western Australia within the context of five-year trends in child protection investigations and services. It will use the computerised records of the 23,737 child protection investigations and service delivery which took place between mid-1989 and mid-1994 in Western Australia’s Department for Family and Children’s Services (formerly the Department for Community Development). This agency is the statutory body charged with the legal responsibility for child protection services in that state.