Child Protection

This page contains resources about the child welfare system, child protection, family violence and related issues collected by APO since 2002. The compilation of this material has been supported by the Australian Centre of Child Protection in the Division of Education Arts and Social Sciences at the University of South Australia since 2015.

Child Protection

Report

11 Jul 2018

The Victorian government acknowledges findings of historical abuse within state government institutions and the ongoing psychological and physical harm suffered by many survivors. The Victorian government is taking responsibility to ensure that these failures to protect children never happen again.

Research report

A report to the Australian Children's Commissioners and Guardians
29 Jun 2018

This report provides an analysis and evaluation of a range of child protection practice frameworks, in terms of the way they respond to the values, principles and approach to working with children and families applicable to the continuum of child protection practice.

Commentary

28 Jun 2018

The royal commission has shown how institutions can rebuild their relationships with the children in their care.

Report

25 Jun 2018

People in positions of authority at Puffing Billy and other Victorian railway groups protected the reputation of their organisations at the expense of children who were sexually abused, the Victorian Ombudsman has found.

Strategy

13 Jun 2018

In December 2017, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse final report made 409 recommendations. The Australian government is addressing each of these recommendations in partnership with state and territory governments.

Policy report

6 Jun 2018

There is a growing awareness that all children need stable homes and families to thrive. This has led to policymakers facing mounting calls from adoption advocates to increase the number of ‘open adoptions’ from out of care in Australia.

Research report

A survey of foster and relative/kinship carers
16 May 2018

Many Australian carers are grandparents caring for vulnerable relatives living out-of-home and they are not getting the support services they need, according to this research report by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Report

11 May 2018

This report explores whether different groups of maltreaters can be identified based on their frequency of contact with child protection agencies. It also explores differences among individuals identified as responsible for harm across age, gender, Indigenous status, relationship with victim and harm type.

Guide

How to create a child safe organisation
20 Apr 2018

This toolkit has been created to promote child safety, preventing child abuse and helping organisations comply with the complex web of legislation in this area.

Report

28 Mar 2018

Over the past twelve months, work has been underway across government and key sector representatives to progress the ambitious reforms recommended by the Royal Commission into Family Violence. The information in this document sets out some of the key achievements over the past year.

Report

28 Mar 2018

This report recommends that the Australian government consult state and territory governments, non-government organisations and other relevant stakeholders, to develop and publicise a clear definition of cyberbullying that recognises the breadth and complexity of the issue.

Research report

22 Mar 2018

This paper outlines definitions of homelessness and estimates the number of young people who are homeless in Queensland.

15 Mar 2018

This project is mapping inquiries into historical child abuse that have proliferated since the 1990s. Its aim is to develop a publicly available web resource containing information on inquiries across the globe.

Audio program

12 Mar 2018

With last month’s release of the Telethon Kids Institute report on brain impairment in detainees at Banksia Hill Juvenile Detention Centre, and the NT government’s announcement that it will raise the age of criminal responsibility from 10 to 12 years of age, Monday Mag this...

Research report

9 Mar 2018

This report is the twenty-first comprehensive annual report on child protection. It includes detailed statistical information on state and territory child protection and support services, and selected characteristics of children receiving these services.

Commentary

9 Mar 2018

A new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare reveals grim details about the prevalence of child abuse in Australia. But crucial national data on abuse in out-of-home care remains elusive.

Research report

6 Mar 2018

This report explores a range of initiatives and programs that aim to build a family-inclusive approach to child protection and child welfare practice.

Annual Report

2 Mar 2018

This report outlines work the National Children's Commissioner has undertaken throughout 2016-17 to promote the human rights of children and young people in Australia. This year, the major project has focused on the rights and needs of young parents and their children.

Research report

1 Mar 2018

This report criticises Her Majesty’s Government (HMG) for the policy of child migration and recommends that all child migrants are financially compensated by HMG through a redress scheme. The report also recommends that organisations involved in implementing the migration programmes offer apologies to child migrants,...

Research report

28 Feb 2018

This report explores the extent, impact and cost of family, domestic and sexual violence in Australia, and looks at what could be done to fill important data gaps.