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Coercive interventions without family support doomed to fail

The Australian Greens today welcomed the launch of ‘Contexts of Child Development - Culture, Policy and Intervention' by the Cooperative Research Centre for Aboriginal Health.

"This work clearly demonstrates why ungrounded coercive approaches like the Northern Territory Intervention and the upcoming welfare truancy trials are doomed to fail from the very start," said Australian Greens Senator Rachel Siewert.

"This book also highlights the positive impact of community support programs which support and enhance the strength and resilience of families. This in turn increases the protection of children within our communities."

"To succeed in the long‐term it is absolutely essential to have genuine community engagement and ownership of these programs and initiatives."

"This book warns very clearly about the dangers of governments becoming preoccupied with tough talk about outcomes and attention-grabbing coercive measures," said Senator Siewert.

"The Government's measures will fail unless they engage in social, cultural and linguistic contexts, in both urban and remote communities."

"We need to return to an evidence-based approach to policy, to build on what we already know works," she concluded.

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