Re-Visioning Public Health Approaches for Protecting Children

  • Bob Lonne
  • Deb Scott
  • Daryl Higgins
  • Todd I. Herrenkohl

Part of the Child Maltreatment book series (MALT, volume 9)

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxxiii
  2. The Policy and Program History of Child Protection

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 1-1
    2. Daryl Higgins, Bob Lonne, Todd I. Herrenkohl, Debbie Scott
      Pages 3-17
    3. Helen Buckley, Morag McArthur, Tim Moore, Erica Russ, Tania Withington
      Pages 19-33
    4. Amy Conley Wright, Melissa Kaltner
      Pages 35-47
  3. Conceptualising Public Health Approaches

  4. Addressing Operational and Systemic Issues

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 235-235
    2. Debbie Scott, Agatha Faulkner
      Pages 253-267
    3. Donald C. Bross, Ben Mathews
      Pages 287-314
    4. Deb Duthie, Sharon Steinhauer, Catherine Twinn, Vincent Steinhauer, Bob Lonne
      Pages 327-347
    5. Melissa Jonson-Reid, Chien-Jen Chiang
      Pages 349-377
    6. Rhonda Barraclough, Kim Spicer, Joni Brodziak, Kassidy Green, Bruce MacLaurin
      Pages 415-432
    7. Nico Trocmé, Tonino Esposito, Barbara Fallon, Martin Chabot, Ashleigh Delaye
      Pages 433-454
    8. Bente Heggem Kojan, Edgar Marthinsen, Graham Clifford
      Pages 455-469
  5. Trends and Future Directions

    1. Front Matter
      Pages 471-471
    2. Nigel Parton
      Pages 473-485
    3. Todd I. Herrenkohl, Bob Lonne, Debbie Scott, Daryl Higgins
      Pages 487-499
  6. Back Matter
    Pages 501-504

About this book


This volume provides readers around the globe with a focused and comprehensive examination of how to prevent and respond to child maltreatment using evidence-informed public health approaches and programs that meet the needs of vulnerable children, and struggling families and communities. It outlines the system failures of contemporary forensically-driven child protection practice. Detailed guidance is provided about how to re-think earlier intervention strategies, and establish stronger and more effective programs and services that prevent maltreatment at the population level. Service user and stakeholder perspectives, particularly from marginalized groups including Indigenous peoples, highlight how public health approaches can better support families and keep children safe. Case studies from different countries grapple with the fraught nature of large system change and the various strategies needed to effect multi-level reforms. Presenting the reader with an array of innovative services used in different institutional and community context, this volume confronts the complex challenges found in implementing successful prevention programs that are aligned with diverse cultural and political environments and community expectations.


Public Health Approaches Prevention of Child Maltreatment Public Health Methodologies History of Child Welfare Child Abuse and Neglect Contemporary Approaches to Child Protection Child Protection Service Community Engagement in Child Neglect Public Health Approaches to Child Protection Implement Family Support from a Public Health Perspective Child Sexual Abuse Prevention Improve the Well-Being of Children and Families Promoting Positive Youth Development

Editors and affiliations

  • Bob Lonne
    • 1
  • Deb Scott
    • 2
  • Daryl Higgins
    • 3
  • Todd I. Herrenkohl
    • 4
  1. 1.School of HealthUniversity of New EnglandArmidaleAustralia
  2. 2.Senior Research FellowMonash UniversityVictoriaAustralia
  3. 3.Institute of Child Protection StudiesAustralian Catholic UniversityMelbourneAustralia
  4. 4.Marion Elizabeth Blue Professor of Child and FamilyUniversity of Michigan School of Social WorkAnn ArborUSA

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