"Child protection processes in Australia have a history of injustice that
disproportionately targets and harms First Nations children, families and
As a result, contemporary child protection systems and associated professions
have sought to distance themselves from explicitly racist past policies and
practices by apologising for their past involvement in the Stolen Generations
and committing to change.
Yet child protection systems continue to operate on assumptions about race and
class that increase inequalities and injustices against First Nations families.
In a Queensland study published in 2018 that used data from 2010-2011,
Indigeneity was found to be a greater predictor of “subsequent child protection
reports and investigations than a rating of ‘high risk’ on child protection’s
risk assessment tool”.
Another study in Western Australia found, when controlled for all other
factors, Aboriginality was associated with almost double the risk of infant
Understandings of risk, child abuse and neglect are often biased in favour of
white middle-class parenting practices. This can lead to over-surveillance of
First Nations families, and a flawed notification system."
*** Xanni ***
Chief Scientist, Xanadu
Partner, Glass Wings
Manager, Serious Cybernetics