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Child and family hubs and social capital

TAYLER, Collette

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Research shows that social capital (ie social relations, networks based on trust and reciprocity, community groups and social supports) has a positive impact on child welfare and child health. This paper looks at how the integration of services for families and children (Child and Family Hubs) in Australia has the potential to build social capital, particularly in rural areas with limited access to social networks, and the capacity to enhance the well-being of families and children. It outlines key findings of the ACCESS pilot study and the research objectives of the IMPACT study. Although some of the suggestions and analysis need further evidence, this study, with a focus on rural and remote areas, can be applied to developing countries contexts


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