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This paper describes one strategy for strengthening the child protection workforce to improve service quality. Its key strategy is to provide to child protection workers with more accessible and ﬂexible post graduate education opportunities to support their professional development.
The paper ﬁrst brieﬂy explores the current context of child protection work and the factors inﬂuencing the araction and retention of child protection staﬀ. Secondly, it examines how best to support staﬀ in their careers by providing them with opportunities to extend their knowledge and skills through training and postgraduate education. It then outlines a process for establishing and developing the employer-university partnership in the ACT, and an approach to curriculum and assessment of core training.
Increasing the specialised knowledge and skills is an important way of improving services to children and their families. Although not the complete answer to solving work force issues it is a strategy that has generated positive responses from staﬀ and is beginning to have a beneﬁcial eﬀect on the statutory child protection agency in the ACT.
Institute of Child Protection Studies