English Subtitles for Protecting children is everybody’s business | Bob Lonne | TEDxQUT



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yeah the abuse and neglect of children is an awkward discussion to have it rises emotions Ennis and it rises it particularly important questions about who we are and how we relate to each other and one of those questions and I'm going to put you to die is is there a better why to protect and nurture children and the proposal that i'm going to say in response to that question is

we need to revitalize their community involvement so that everyone everyone plays a part in rising them and by doing side that will enable us to build strong children rather than meaning broken adults and children are precious they are part of us there are present there a future that i had to share the entire label rights of all of us as citizens and we share is but a collective responsibility for the nurturing them and building them into be good citizens

protecting children is actually everybody's business child abuse and neglect appears in many different forms and it has incredible impacts upon people the importance of it in addressing it can't be overstated the impacts upon children include their health secondly their well-being is impacted thirdly children's competence is impacted and finally their confidences most importantly maltreatment is mel

treatment of children is corrosive to their relationships and that can follow them the whole life it's interesting when you talk to children who have been abused and neglected they don't necessarily want to savor the relationships with their family what they want always is for the abuse or neglect to stop and that's an important part to remember why because air state systems that have

been developed fundamentally involve a rescuing of children and Millie always the removal of them from their families that's the solution yet we know that there are major issues with that approach those include the doubling of children here in this country in the last 10 years we've gone from 20,000 to 40,000 children in k just in the space of ten years and that's been largely driven disproportionately driven by the

removal the wholesale removal of aboriginal and torres strait islander children there are never-ending inquiries into wire we're having scandals while we're having system failures the most recent as manuals any other man's last week we've had 40 inquiries in the last 20 years 40 at state and federal and what is that what are those inquiries family has been a remarkable consistency what they find is the system is quite punitive that's very

stigmatizing that the help that should be offered to families is not offered the struggling families that children when they come into care typically have very poor life outcomes life outcomes include poor housing when they go to become adults mental health problems drug and alcohol problems poor and employment poor education you get the picture in their recent queensland comedy inquiry for example one of the major issues highlighted was the

turnover replacements children in other words are placed in foster care or kinship keep some children reported to that inquiry that they had 40 50 or even 60 placements in their life don't you think for a moment if you were a child and you had lived in 60 different households what impact would that have upon you and I suggest it would do you're heading so we know that our systems and not quite working as we want them to do

despite the best of Aaron Devers in fact there are some people who say that not only is the system not working that it is unworkable that are present why has to change and that's really my question is there a better way to protect and nurture children and i want to put to you that yes there are and they fundamentally based in relationship and our relationship to community

it takes a village to raise a child is an African problem and what it means the underlying basis of it is that children and not just raised by their immediate periods that in fact it's a much more complex and much more vibrant and dynamic process than that that building strong citizens building strong children become strong adults involves the input of uncles and auntie's neighbors grandparents elders friends there's a whole constellation of input from

different people that helps rise good citizens in fact social key ordinary everyday social key is the glue that binds us it connects us with each other and is it is the glue that helps to raise children to be vibrant happy and satisfied adults so what is good caring and look at the Wi-Fi there what it displays is a a a couple of important ingredients when you care well for others it's good for the receiver of K but more importantly in

some senses it's good for this it's good for the giver of K what do we know from research about what makes good cable its few things and I think I want to acknowledge my previous the speaker's prior to me who talked about this it entitles simple things it's timely it's preventative it comes without you having to ask it comes from

people noticing what's happening for you and offering its non stigmatizing it is inclusive but most importantly good care helps build you helps empower you to be better than you were now that's an important principle why because all families at some stage rather go through trouble and strife that is life life is full of slings and arrows as well as good times

so how can you play a part in protecting and nurturing children I want to put to you that it's actually at four levels there's the personal level is the neighborhood level there's a community level and there's the organizational level and there is a place for all of us at those different levels at the personal level it is fairly straightforward is not rocket science it's about having a responsive via it's about lending a hand

it's about having eyesight and watching and seeing ministries family is struggling and being able to say do you need a hand you might see it appearing in the in the supermarket with the screaming child rather than pointing the finger of blind would it not be better on a personal level to say could I help you do you need a hand and a neighborhood level and this is coming through lots of research at a neighborhood level neighborhoods that

connect themselves that have friendships have alliances are better able to protect children's research from impoverished communities in the UK by selling Holland that what she found was that despite these communities being absolutely dude Paul that the parents organize themselves so that when children played in the street there were no parks when children played in the street there was a watching I from the community and from that a neighborhood

label to make sure they were safe at a community level we know that from the strong communities research in south carolina in the u.s. that when communities mobilize and connect and this is from community-based organizations that you build a powerful web ok you build a powerful with clear that enables people to access the sort of help they need when they need it and finally the organizational level there are lots of community organizations that

provide everyday social key sporting clubs recreations churches these are the sort of institutional responses that help connect people with the sort of help they need been nominated and also help connect the informal care with the formal k I want to leave you just with a few parting thoughts it is easier to build strong children than to remain broken adults prevention is better than cure and there

is a better way to care and nurture for their children as Mahatma Gandhi said the best why does to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others the best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others I want you to go away knowing that you can play a part here by revitalizing our community involvement and recognizing that everyone plays a part in raising her children thank you

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Video Description

We've heard the saying 'it takes a village to raise a child' but does it also take a village to protect a child? Bob Lonne talks us through the current state of child protection and how building up community around children and families, by making it everyone's business, could lead to better outcomes in the future.

Bob Lonne (PhD) has extensive experience as a social worker in various child protection and youth justice roles in Queensland and West Australia. Professor Lonne has researched, written and consulted widely about the systemic issues confronting contemporary approaches to protecting children. His work combines academic rigour with a hands-on understanding of the practice realities in this complex area. He co-authored Reforming Child Protection and his research has examined media portrayals, informal care systems, kinship care, differential response, mandatory reporting, workforce issues and ethical practice in child welfare interventions. He has provided high level advice to governments in Australia, Canada and Ireland on how to refocus child welfare systems to achieve better outcomes for children, families and communities.


This talk was given at a TEDx event using the TED conference format but independently organized by a local community. Learn more at http://ted.com/tedx