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

Research report

21 Feb 2018

This paper is part 3 in a series on reunification for children in out-of-home care. It describes selected research which has documented factors which predict reunification breakdowns and considers ways in which reunification decision-making can be improved.

Report

16 Feb 2018

This report from SNAICC provides an overview of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family-led decision making trials in Queensland.

Report

12 Feb 2018

This report looks at how conflict has impacted children, and sheds light on a worrying trend of increased brutality against children in conflict, particularly in the last few years.

Research report

1 Feb 2018

This paper reports on the arrangements in place in each state/territory to support a cross-agency response based on characteristics associated with effective cross-agency responses identified in the research literature.

Transcript

31 Jan 2018

The social sector needs to take notice of this growing field that is driving better interventions in health, education, and human services. Nick Perini from SVA Consulting talks to Robyn Mildon, Executive Director of the Centre for Evidence and Implementation (CEI), to find out why....

Research report

ANROWS Horizons Issue 01-2018
29 Jan 2018

Foregrounding the perspective of Aboriginal people who work within the family violence space or have had experience of family violence, this report supports the creation of a network of place-based Indigenous family violence strategies owned and managed by Indigenous people.

Report

16 Jan 2018

AbSec has undertaken a limited review of parenting supports that aim to build the parenting capacities of Aboriginal parents. Specifically, six case studies have been developed reporting on the organisation and parenting program(s) delivered including the dynamics of service delivery, the rationale for program and...

Briefing paper

16 Jan 2018

This resource presents key findings from an analysis of Wave 1 data from the NSW Child Development Study, which aims to identify vulnerability and protective factors for a variety of health, educational and social and outcomes of children in NSW.

Evaluation

5 Jan 2018

This report presents findings of an evaluation of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family-led decision making trials conducted in Queensland.

Discussion paper

An issues paper for Commissioner for Children and Young People Western Australia
15 Dec 2017

This paper examines the current and emerging evidence base regarding the continuum of responses for children and young people who display harmful sexual behaviours.

Report

15 Dec 2017

The Royal Commission has presented the final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.

Report

15 Dec 2017

This report recommends that the federal government consider whether having a principal contractor (rather than the specialist services themselves) providing first responder services represents value for money and best-practice.

Report

Literature review

15 Dec 2017

This paper presents a review of available literature on problem sexual behaviours (PSBs) and sexually abusive behaviours (SABs) exhibited in Australian children and young people.

Report

Recommendations for an accessible, equitable and responsive family law system which better prioritises safety of those affected by family violence
7 Dec 2017

This report provides a vision for a new family law system that is accessible, equitableand responsive and prioritises the safety of those affected by family violence.

Research report

1 Dec 2017

This paper describes the number of children entering and leaving care and time taken to reunification. It describes child and family factors that make it more or less likely that reunification will occur.

Research report

1 Dec 2017

The safe reunification of children in out-of-home care with their families is the policy priority in every Australian state. However knowledge and research in this area is very limited. This summary outlines research on reunification success rates and the consequences of reunification failure.

Research report

29 Nov 2017

Already ten times more likely to be living in out-of-home care than non-Indigenous kids, this report argues that the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care is predicted to triple over the next twenty years unless urgent action is taken.

Draft report

29 Nov 2017

This report from the Australian Human Rights Commission sets out draft national principles for child safe organisations.

Research report

28 Nov 2017

This exploratory research project was designed to better understand the safety of children/young people in care in New Zealand. It looked at the case files of 698 children and young people in care during 2015/16 and found 85 experienced harm.

Research report

20 Nov 2017

This paper explores the essential principles required for the development of an effective violence prevention framework for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander men and boys, to reduce and prevent violence against women and children. Informed by a knowledge circle of nationally recognised Aboriginal and Torres...