Over the last decade, the Australia’s policy has also widened its approach towards child protection to using the family in preventive strategies as opposed to intrusive interventions. In many cases, notifications of abuse and neglect reach the concerned authorities after children have already experienced incidences of maltreatment. This fails to protect the child from the impacts of abuse some of which may be permanent.
Monitoring the family facilitates the social workers to assess the risk of abuse that a child may suffer both inside and outside of the family context prevents the real harm or abuse from occurrence. In addition, the social workers are able to help the family from entering or re entering the child protection system through perpetration of abuse and neglect towards their children (Trotter, 2004).