The only time the public hears about the system that protects our most vulnerable children is when one of them ends up dead.
THE DEPARTMENT is a feature documentary which allows a rare glimpse inside the never-before-seen child protection system at work across NSW. Filmed in an observational style, it will follow caseworkers, specialists and families as they navigate the complexities of keeping children safe in the face of domestic violence, addiction, poverty, mental illness and intergenerational trauma. The lives of children from remote communities to metropolitan Sydney are at stake and decisions will impact for generations.
In modern life where being a perfect parent is a standard none of us reach, what does 'good enough' parenting look like?
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Child protection is everyone's business
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Shark Island Institute has an access agreement with Department of Communities and Justice in order to film aspects of the work of child protection in NSW.
Audience Engagement and Social Impact
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