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National comparison of cross-agency practice in investigating and responding to severe child abuse

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“This paper was prepared to provide practitioners and policy makers with a national view on cross-agency policies to encourage cross-jurisdictional learning and sharing of approaches. The authors also hope that this paper will lead to a national discussion around effective policies and practices in cross-agency responses. Each state/territory was compared on the characteristics of their response to severe child abuse, arrangements for joint planning, interviewing and investigation, the degree of integration of therapeutic and supportive services, and governance arrangements.”

Source: Herbert, J. & Bromfield, L. (2018). Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Paper No. 47 and available from this link (open access).

Global systematic review of Indigenous community-led legal interventions to control alcohol


“The national and subnational governments of most developed nations have adopted cost-effective regulatory and legislative controls over alcohol supply and consumption with great success. However, there has been a lack of scrutiny of the effectiveness and appropriateness of these laws in shaping the health-related behaviours of Indigenous communities, who disproportionately experience alcohol-related harm. Further, such controls imposed unilaterally without Indigenous consultation have often been discriminatory and harmful in practice.”

Source: Muhunthan, J. (2017). BMJ Open and available from this link (open access).

Moraitis on the change imperative: navigating the challenge of organisational change


“The Commonwealth’s departmental heads have been increasingly drawn to the transformation of the Australian Public Service: what it should be, where it should go, and how best to get there….The first speech for 2018 from the secretary of the Attorney General’s Department, Chris Moraitis, expanded on this wider discussion with a personal reflection on the lessons of managing organisational change. Or with the metaphor Moraitis prefers: old-school seafaring navigation.”

Source: Moraitis, C. (2018).  Institute for Public Administration Australia, ACT branch. Video 40mins. Available from this link (open access). 

Assessing what police officers do “on the job”: toward a “public values” approach

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“The purpose of this paper is to present the results of a test in a policing context of a performance assessment tool that is based on a “public values” approach. The Capability, Importance, and Value (CIV) Tool allows police organizations to examine the roles their members carry out to determine whether they are being capably done, are important, and deliver value to stakeholders.”

Source:  Caputo, T., McIntyre, M. L., Wang, L. M. Y., & Hodgkinson, T. K. (2018).  Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, 41(1), and available from this link (subscription journal). 

Measuring the impact of knowledge loss: a longitudinal study


“Knowledge loss is perhaps the greatest corporate risk facing organizations today. This paper provides a method to measure the impact of knowledge loss. Managers may use this to assess the significance of the risk and use this as a business case to take action to minimize the impact of knowledge loss.”

Source: Massingham, P. (2018). Journal of Knowledge Management, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Categories: Learning

Police perceptions of young people: a qualitative analysis


“Police views of young people inform the way they exercise discretion over this group. However, few studies have sought to formally document and examine police views of young people. The limited existing research is also mostly dated. This article begins to address this gap in the literature by presenting the results of semi-structured qualitative interviews with 41 police officers from Queensland, Australia. Stemming from a larger study of Police-Citizens Youth Clubs and using a grounded theory approach to data analysis, the article demonstrates the key ways in which police conceptualised young people.”

Source: Richards, K., Cross, C., & Dwyer, A. (2018). Police Practice and Research, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Contact is a stronger predictor of attitudes toward police than race: a state-of-the-art review

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“This scoping review thoroughly scanned research on race, contacts with police and attitudes toward police. An exploratory meta-analysis then assessed the strength of their associations and interaction in Canada and the USA. Key knowledge gaps and specific future research needs, synthetic and primary, were identified. The paper aims to discuss these issues.”

Source: Alberton, A. & Gorey, K. (2018). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and available from this link (subscription journal).

Recipe for disaster: building policy on shaky ground

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“This report tallies the successes and failures of the post-earthquake recovery effort, so we can learn from both to do better next time. The most important way in which government can do better in the next disaster is by providing greater regulatory and policy certainty. Some of that requires better contingency planning before the event. We concur with the auditor-general that a recovery agency should have access to necessary “off the shelf” internal control and operational functions from Day 1. It should not have to develop them from scratch when the urgent and pressing needs are its external activities. Similarly, councils can incorporate disaster contingencies in their longterm plans.”

Source: Wilkinson, B., & Crampton, E.(2018). The New Zealand Initiative and available from this link (open access).

Enhancing Learning in Emergency Services Organisational Work

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“The paper outlines key themes from the work-related learning literature and introduces a modified experiential learning framework to ground real-world experiences. Interviews were conducted with 18 emergency services practitioners. The findings provide examples of the broad challenges that agencies need to manage to enhance and sustain learning. These include shifting value from action post an event, to reflection, focusing on the bigger picture and allowing enough time to effectively embed new practices after an emergency.”

Source: Owen, C., Brooks, B., Curnin, S., & Bearman, C. (2018).  Australian Journal of Public Administration and available from this link (subscription journal).

Complexity and systemic organizational redirection

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“The purpose of this paper is to assess the effects of officers’ perceptions of complexity in merging organizational change components (culture, mission, values, decentralization, policies and procedures, administrative reporting practices, weapons, contract, pay, benefits, patrol boundaries, equalization of workload, size of boundaries, communications, 10-codes, and car numbers) during a major metropolitan police department consolidation.”

Source: Reed, J. C., & Higgins, G. E. (2018). Policing: An International Journal of Police Strategies & Management, and available from this link (subscription journal).