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Australian Institute of Family Studies

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Australian Institute of Family Studies

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AIFS

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Research report

08 Nov 2017

Child protection systems are multidimensional, complex, continually adapting entities that seek to prevent and respond to protection-related risks. Systems for child protection in Australia today are facing significant challenges. This has created the imperative to go beyond incremental...

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26 Sep 2017

The delivery of playgroups throughout Australia has been an integral part of the landscape of early childhood programs for many decades; however, despite the prominence of playgroups in the lives of many Australian families, there is no one established set of principles guiding the practice and...

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Research report

23 Sep 2017

This report presents findings from the Empowering Migrant and Refugee Women study, undertaken by the Australian Institute of Family Studies. This study was commissioned by the Department of Social Services (DSS) to build evidence on practical strategies that could empower migrant and refugee...

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06 Sep 2017

Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2016). Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common (...

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01 Sep 2017

Discussions about how to address work-family challenges largely centre on mothers, but the challenges also are real for fathers. There is increased recognition that a "good" father is directly involved in the care of children. But this requires time, and fathers are often time-constrained due to...

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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...

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25 Aug 2017

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia's first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development.

The purpose of the study is to inform research into the development and life-course trajectories of Australian children and...

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22 Aug 2017

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Rates of self-harm and suicidal behaviour are high among Australian teens. Among 14-15 year olds, one in ten reported that they had self-harmed in the previous 12 months, and 5% reported they had attempted suicide. 

Girls appeared to be at greater risk...

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08 Aug 2017

The chapter is structured as follows. A description of the data and methods used is given first. The first analytical section of this chapter provides new evidence about the number of 14–15 year olds who care for someone who is elderly or has a disability or long-term illness; and the primary...

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01 May 2017

This resource sheet provides information on terminology and phrases used within the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex and queer (LGBTIQ+) communities. This information is intended to help service providers and practitioners create safe spaces for members of these...

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06 Sep 2017

Reports of sexual offences crimes have increased over the last six years (Australian Bureau of Statistics [ABS], 2016). Despite the prevalence of sexual offending in our communities, there is a lack of understanding about these crimes. Myths and misconceptions about sexual offending are common (...

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Research report

30 Oct 2016

In this paper we present and discuss a snapshot of data describing child protection activity in Australia. The data presented is a summary of the data provided in Child Protection Australia 2014-15 (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare [AIHW], 2016).

In Australia, state and...

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30 Oct 2016

Out-of-home care refers to the care of children and young people up to 18 years who are unable to live with their families (often due to child abuse and neglect). It involves the placement of a child or young person with alternate caregivers on a short- or long-term basis (Victorian Department...

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09 Sep 2016

According to the Productivity Commission's Report on Government Services, (Steering Committee for the Review of Government Service Provision [SCRGSP], 2016), in the year 2014-15 the following amounts were spent directly on providing services to children who had experienced, or who were...

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Research report

31 Aug 2016

This year’s theme, “Stronger Communities, Safer Children”, emphasises that communities matter to children, and asks all Australians to play their part to help protect children and support families within their communities.

In partnership with NAPCAN, the Child Family Community Australia (...

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Discussion paper

22 Jun 2016

A public health approach aims to prevent or reduce a particular illness or social problem in a population by identifying risk indicators. It is an approach that aims to prevent problems occurring in the first place, quickly respond to problems if they do occur, and minimise any long-term effects...

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24 May 2016

These guidelines have been developed to build the capacity of workers in the sexual assault and alcohol and other drug (AOD) sectors in Victoria to support shared clients who experience both sexual assault trauma and substance use issues.

The guidelines have been prepared by the...

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25 Sep 2015

The Pathways of Care Longitudinal Study (POCLS) is the first large scale prospective longitudinal study on out-of-home care (OOHC) in Australia. It will follow 4,126 children aged 0-17 years old entering OOHC in New South Wales, to examine the developmental wellbeing of children and young people...

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Research report

25 Aug 2015

Growing Up in Australia: The Longitudinal Study of Australian Children (LSAC) is Australia's first nationally representative longitudinal study of child development. The purpose of the study is to provide data that enable a comprehensive understanding of development and life-course...

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11 Nov 2014

This resource sheet reviews past and current programs, research and strategies (both government and non-government) for the prevention and treatment of ear disease in Indigenous children.

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Ear disease and the associated hearing loss are significant...

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