Child Protection

Containing resources about the child welfare system, child protection, family violence and related issues collected by APO since 2002, this dedicated collection is made possible with support from the Australian Centre of Child Protection at the University of South Australia.

Child Protection

Report

7 Dec 2018

Child exploitation material (CEM) is sexually abusive images of children that are typically disseminated via the internet. This paper reviews recent literature to establish a profile of those who view or collect CEM.

Strategy

Northern Territory child and adolescent health and wellbeing strategic plan 2018–2028
6 Dec 2018

This strategy document provides the framework to improve the lives of children and young Territorians from 0-24 years of age. The integration of services, such as housing, education, youth justice and child protection, are all addressed in the plan.

Website

men, masculinities, and gender politics
5 Dec 2018

XY is a website focused on men, masculinities, and gender politics. XY is a space for the exploration of issues of gender and sexuality, the daily issues of men’s and women’s lives, and practical discussion of personal and social change.

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Report

3 Dec 2018

This project provides key directions for capacity building for workers and their organisations to work more competently in working with family violence. The focus of the project lay in understanding the work to be undertaken with fathers who use violence.

Report

Measuring trends to turn the tide on the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care in Australia
27 Nov 2018

Fewer than half of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are placed with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander carers, following a steep decline over the last 10 years. This places Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children who are removed from their families at serious risk...

Report

Inquiry into local adoption
26 Nov 2018

All Australian children deserve to feel safe and loved and to have a strong sense of identity and belonging. Unfortunately there are tens of thousands of Australian children in out-of-home care who need a family they can belong to. It is not acceptable that children...

Report

Independent review to improve practice and response of ACFID members in the prevention of sexual misconduct: final report
21 Nov 2018

This audit found 31 cases of misconduct committed by aid workers connected to Australian charities. The sector's peak body, the Council for International Development, has promised major changes to protect some of the world's most vulnerable people.

Report

21 Nov 2018

This report makes eight recommendations to better reflect the vulnerability and defencelessness of victims of child homicide in sentencing and to improve system responses for family members of child vicitms.

Report

First progress report - November 2018
16 Nov 2018

One year on from the Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory’s final report and six months into the reform journey, the Northern Territory government is making progress to improve support and services to families experiencing vulnerability and overhaul...

Report

15 Nov 2018

This project sought to understand the impact of this Child-At-Risk (CAR) electronic Medical Record (eMR) alert information sharing system on outcomes for women and children. This included understanding how staff responded to seeing Child-At-Risk alerts on a client’s eMR, the practices that were carried out...

Commentary

13 Nov 2018

Children are already being removed from Indigenous communities at an unprecedented rate. Indigenous children make up 36.9% of children in out-of-home care in Australia, despite being just 3% of the population.

Other text

12 Nov 2018

The terms of reference for the Royal Commission of Inquiry into Historical Abuse in State Care and in the Care of Faith-based Institutions have been released by the New Zealand government.

Literature review

1 Nov 2018

Knowledge and research are very limited around services and supports which promote successful reunifications. Furthermore, assessments of effectiveness generally use ‘rate of reunification’ as their primary outcome measure and do not monitor program impact after children have been returned. Given the high level of reunification...

Literature review

1 Nov 2018

There is growing evidence that reunifying children with their birth families is often unsuccessful. UK figures suggest that around 30 percent of reunified children will return to care within five years. Insights from evaluations of successful reunification programs are needed to develop effective reunification practices,...

Report

31 Oct 2018

This research report begins with an outline of the scope and an overview of the sentenced offences examined. The report then looks at victims of child homicide and offenders sentenced by Queensland courts for child homicide, as well as what we currently know about child...

Report

A cultural framework for addressing child sexual abuse in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
22 Oct 2018

This paper sets out a culturally-based practice framework for understanding and responding to child sexual abuse. The framework is designed to create and restore safety and healing for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

Commentary

22 Oct 2018

Today, Scott Morrison will make a national apology to victims and survivors of institutional child sexual abuse. It is not a hollow gesture, argues Daryl Higgins.

Report

16 Oct 2018

This report presents information on people aged 10–17 who were in the child protection system and under youth justice supervision from 1 July 2013 to 30 June 2017.

Report

15 Oct 2018

This report analyses the 2016 Census and other data using the Child Social Exclusion Index, to provide insight into the perspectives of children experiencing poverty, disadvantage and social exclusion in Australia.

Report

A special report to Parliament under section 31 of the Ombudsman Act 1974
5 Oct 2018

The NSW Ombudsman has tabled this progress report on the response to the 2017 inquiry into the operation of the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT), a tri-agency program delivered by the Department of Family and Community Services (FACS), the NSW Police Force and NSW Health....