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Film Completed   /  Mary Macrae

The Department

Life on the front line of child protection

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Impact areas

HUMAN RIGHTS & SOCIAL JUSTICE

Crew

  • DIRECTOR Sascha Ettinger Epstein

  • PRODUCER Mary Macrae & Ian Darling

Synopsis

DURATION: 88 MINUTES

“Child protection is everybody’s business”. It’s the slogan we hear with familiar regularity in community service announcements. Yet the only time the public hears about the system that protects our most vulnerable children is when something goes terribly wrong.

THE DEPARTMENT is a feature documentary which takes us inside the never-before-seen child protection system at work in NSW. Filmed in an observational style, it follows caseworkers across the state as they navigate the complexities of keeping children safe in families experiencing domestic violence, addiction, poverty, mental health issues and intergenerational trauma.

Told through the eyes of the caseworkers, complemented by the authentic voices of the families themselves, each story allows us to explore a different facet of child protection, revealing the complexity, bravery and raw emotion experienced in the lives of these people every day.

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30.00% funded
  • $500,000.00

    FUNDING GOAL
  • $150,000.00

    FUNDS RAISED
  • December 2020

    PROJECT ENDS
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Issue Summary

A short summary of the issue the documentary is addressing

Child protection is everyone's business

Impact

What is the impact vision statement of the documentary?

THE DEPARTMENT will help shine a light on the importance of the work of child protection, de-mystifying the casework and reducing stigma for those families working with DCJ.

Outcomes

What outcomes does the project hope to achieve from making this documentary?

Shining a light on the importance of child protection.

Activities

How will this documentary achieve its outcomes?

Coming soon

Stakeholders

How will partnerships with this project help inform the project development?

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

What actions does this project hope for its viewers after seeing this film?

Coming soon.

Measurement and Evaluation

What is the projects indicators for success?

Coming soon.