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Alex Fitzpatrick

PhD Candidate
BA (Hons)

Current Study

Title: Child neglect: In Concept and Practice

This PhD research project aims to examine how child neglect in the 0-4 age group is conceptualised and responded to in child protection, social work and community health practice in rural and regional Tasmania.

The main objectives of the research are to add to current understandings of what constitutes neglect and how it inter-relates with other forms   of maltreatment, and to explore conceptual issues - such as minimum standards of care, chronicity, severity and parental intent - for definitional and assessment purposes.