Griffith University and UNICEF partner to improve child protection in Indonesia

1 May 2015

Griffith University is partnering with UNICEF and the Indonesian Government to ameliorate child protection and social work structures in Indonesia.
Led by Griffith School of Human Services and Social Work’s Professor Clare Tilbury, the project will use three pilot districts in Indonesia to identify best practice models for child protection systems.

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“Each Pilot site will develop an action plan through assessment and case management in develop an integrated approach that will benefit the most vulnerable families and children,” said Professor Tilbury.
This work is in response to the Indonesia Government’s agenda in establishing a whole of government approach in creating an integrated continuum of care, with greater emphasis on family and community needs.
“The aim would be to improve linkages between social protection such as income support and family counseling, and child protection services such as foster care.”
The consultancy has enabled a memorandum of understanding between Griffith University and the Ministry of Social Affairs signed by the ice Chancellor in 2013. Under the MoU, a social work education symposium was held in August 2014, which will be followed by another in May this year at the Bandung School of Social Welfare where Vice Chancellor Professor Ian O’Connor will provide a keynote.

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The Griffith School of Human Services and Social Work has this unique dual focus on both individuals and their environment. Griffith graduates work in a range of exciting roles, some with a strong focus on supporting individuals and families, and others focussing more on tackling local community and broader social policy issues.
Griffith University’s courses cover child and family studies, human services and social work, as well as providing access to flexible postgraduate programs in a wide range of specialisations, such as, mental health practice, rehabilitation counselling, and disability studies. Griffith students are encouraged to be compassionate, respectful, and effective agents for social change. Griffith equips them to understand and address the underlying causes of social disadvantage.
Study areas include

  • Community and youth work
  • Childhood studies
  • Disability studies
  • Mental health practice
  • Rehabilitation counselling
  • Rehabilitation case management
  • Social work
  • Orientation and mobility
  • Social gerontology


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