Perceptions about Traditional Culture in the Solomon Islands and their Potential for Assisting in The Protection of Vulnerable Children

By Lester J. Thompson and Dan Baschiera.

Published by The Social Sciences Collection

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With increasing humanitarian concern about the abuse of vulnerable women and children in Melanesia there has been increasing impetus for external agents to intervene in Solomon Island societal structures. This study examines the perceptions of a diversity of Solomon Islanders that are experts in child protection and welfare in their country. It considers their perspective of traditional culture and their views of the role that culture has in the protection of children. It then makes preliminary recommendations about the need for these cultural matters to be included in any intervention that is proposed for the amelioration of child abuse in the Solomon Islands.

Keywords: Solomon Islands, Child Protection, Culture, Strengths Perspective, Child Abuse, Tradition

International Journal of Interdisciplinary Social Sciences, Volume 6, Issue 2, pp.79-98. Article: Print (Spiral Bound). Article: Electronic (PDF File; 829.654KB).

Dr. Lester J. Thompson

Senior Lecturer, Social Work and Humanitarian Studies, School of Health, Faculty of Engineering, Health, Science and the Environment, Charles Darwin University of the Northern Territory, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia

Lester Thompson is a Senior Lecturer at Charles Darwin University and Visiting Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (Australia). He currently teaches Social Work and Humanitarian Studies students about human service issues, community work and organisational analysis. He has many years experience working as a Social Worker with Australia’s Indigenous peoples. He has also worked in social policy administration and then as an academic analysing and writing about Indigenous assistance policy in Australia. His current interests relate to social policy analysis, human social need theory, the organisational context of practice and motivating factors in the helping professions.

Dan Baschiera

Lecturer, Social Work and Humanitarian Studies, Charles Darwin University, Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia


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