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Walking the COVID-19 and child protection tightrope

Australian governments having been walking a tightrope balancing their investment in strategies aimed at preventing the spread of COVID-19 with those aimed at ensuring that when outbreaks occur, individuals who contract the illness are quickly identified and treated. While concerns about the second wave that has hit Victoria are enormous, in comparison with other countries, Australian governments have done much better than most in walking the COVID-19 tightrope.

Parallels can be easily drawn between the complexities of managing COVID-19 with those associated with effective management of the child protection system. Both seek to strike the right balance between investing in strategies to prevent harm and those aimed at quickly responding to those who have been harmed and supporting them in their healing and recovery.

Why then have governments been able to keep the COVID-19 tightrope comparatively taut and steady, while allowing the child protection tightrope to incessantly wobble and swing?

Read more to find out PeakCare’s view and then add your own comments. This is an important discussion to which you are urged to contribute.

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