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.

WorldAroundRicha / flickr

Search Collection:

Child Protection

Research report

25 Sep 2017

This paper takes a comprehensive look at the latest evidence regarding the significance of the first 1000 days, and the biological, global, environmental and social factors that influence children’s outcomes during this critical period of development (and beyond). The paper revealed that there are multiple...

Report

25 Sep 2017

The Royal Commission into the Protection and Detention of Children in the Northern Territory has published Voices: What children have told us – child protection .

In order to inquire into, and make recommendations about, the child protection systems in the NT,...

Report

14 Sep 2017

This summary report presents the key findings from a qualitative study examining the experiences of women seeking help for domestic and family violence who live in regional, rural, and remote areas in Australia. The study contributes to the limited evidence on how geographical and social...

Research report

14 Sep 2017

This report presents the results of a qualitative study examining the experiences of women seeking help for domestic and family violence who live in regional, rural, and remote areas in Australia. The study contributes to the limited evidence on how geographical and social isolation shapes...

Research report

13 Sep 2017

This research, conducted by staff of RMIT University in Melbourne, has been essentially a desk study. It was designed to review the literature concerning child sexual abuse in the Catholic Church in Australia and elsewhere. It included 26 key international and Australian inquiry reports. It...

Report

7 Sep 2017

On 21 September 2016, the Director-General of the Department of the Premier and Cabinet, on behalf of the Premier, asked the Principal Commissioner, Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) to ‘undertake a whole of system review of the Working with Children (Risk Management and Screening)...

Report

7 Sep 2017

This review was undertaken because of the tragic death of Tiahleigh Palmer, a child in foster care, and the subsequent arrest of her foster carers and their adult children.

In the same week police arrested Tiahleigh’s foster carer, they also arrested a Far North...

Journal article

1 Sep 2017

Although there is increasing academic recognition of corporations as criminogenic, the criminal legal system has demonstrated difficulties in conceptualising corporate culpability. The current Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse provides ample evidence of why organisations can and should be criminalised for systemic...

Journal article

31 Aug 2017

While awareness of institutional child sexual abuse has grown in recent years, there remains limited understanding of its occurrence and outcomes as a distinct form of abuse. Drawing on research commissioned by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this article...

Fact sheet

30 Aug 2017

Each year NAPCAN coordinates National Child Protection Week to promote the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and spread the message that “Protecting children is everyone’s business”. NAPCAN’s campaign aims to provide communities and individuals with practical information on how to “Play Your...

Report

22 Aug 2017

In Case Study 40 the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse examined the responses of the Commonwealth Department of Defence (Defence) and the Australian Defence Force (ADF) to allegations of child sexual abuse arising within:

• HMAS Leeuwin (Leeuwin) between 1960...

Report

16 Aug 2017

This report presents findings from ten forums conducted between March and May 2017 to promote understanding about the National Framework and to seek views on ways to further improve child safety and wellbeing in Australia. The forums involved 404 participants from government, nongovernment and research...

Research report

15 Aug 2017

This report summarises a comparison of Australian and select international jurisdictions against the approach of the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT) model in New South Wales. The structure of this report includes a brief rationale for the characteristics compared, a narrative summary of cross-agency responses...

Research report

15 Aug 2017

This report aims to provide a synthesis of research information to suggest the most important components of Multi-Disciplinary Team responses in order to inform the ongoing review of the Joint Investigation Response Team (JIRT) model by the NSW Ombudsman’s Office.

Drawing on recently completed...

Research report

15 Aug 2017

The purpose of this project was to:

• identify the data holdings that currently exist on contemporary (within the past five years) incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts in Australia

• determine the accessibility of any such data for research purposes...

Report

14 Aug 2017

The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has released these 85 recommendations aimed at reforming the Australian criminal justice system, in order to provide a fairer response to victims of institutional child sexual abuse.

This report recommends a sweep of legislative...

Briefing paper

10 Aug 2017

Intergenerational patterns of child abuse and neglect are complex. Although most children who experience maltreatment do not go on to abuse or neglect their own children, studies have consistently found they are more likely to have children who are abused or neglected than children who...

Other text

9 Aug 2017

This paper provides information about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children involved in child protection and out-of-home care, and is based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Child Protection data 2015-16 (AIHW 2017a; 2017b).

Report

7 Aug 2017

This report presents an overview of the results of two state-wide surveys conducted by NSW Family and Community Services (FACS) in 2015 looking at the experiences of children and young people in out-of-home care (OOHC) – the [NSW] National OOHC Survey and the NSW Residential...

Briefing paper

7 Aug 2017

This snapshot presents a summary of the results of two state-wide surveys conducted by the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) in 2015 – the [NSW] National Out-of-Home Care Survey and the NSW Residential Care Survey. The surveys asked children and young people...