"Child Welfare : Current Issues and Future Directions" is the title of the major, one-day seminar held by the Social Welfare Research Centre on 6 July, 1983, at the University of New South Wales. The subsequent demand for copies of the papers presented was so great that it was considered appropriate to publish them as an issue in the Centre's Reports and Proceedings Series. In reading these papers it is important to bear in mind the wider perspective of the work being undertaken at the Centre, and by the individual speakers. They are working papers which seek to draw together, at a particular point in time, the threads of ongoing research, some of which has previously been, or will be, published or spoken to on other occasions. Although some analyses may alter as research findings progress, nonetheless the collection is considered a valuable one.