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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 territory governments have the statutory responsibility for protecting children from child abuse and neglect. Having separate jurisdictions can result in some children 'falling through the cracks.' This recognition has seen the development of a National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 (Council of Australian Governments, 2009). The Framework provides a shared approach with national leadership as reflected in its title, Child Protection is Everybody's Business. This is a move from the crisis-driven system that has existed in the past to a public health model focused on universal support for all families, with more intensive, or targeted, responses for families that need additional support. Under this framework, crisis-driven or 'tertiary' responses should only be used as a last resort for the most vulnerable children and families.

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