Policy Creation in the Aftermath of a Child Abuse Scandal: Interplay between Parliamentary Debates and Media Coverage

Celine Harrison

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This thesis explores the social construction of the problem of child abuse in the aftermath of a child abuse scandal by examining the interplay between newspaper reports, debates in the West Australian Parliament and interviews with a small number of journalists. In the nexus between complex social problems, emotive and moralising language and politics I identify a certain way of seeing and talking about complex social problems, its causes and solutions. The findings suggest the possibility of more nuanced policy responses when child protection practitioners and policy makers form strategic partnerships with media to foreground stories about complexity, vulnerability, inequality.
Original languageEnglish
QualificationDoctor of Philosophy
Awarding Institution
  • The University of Western Australia
Thesis sponsors
Award date4 Feb 2020
Publication statusUnpublished - 2019


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