Child welfare

Research report

29 Nov 2017

Government and community agree there is a problem. The Stolen Generations policies and practices, in combination with persistent social inequity, have created an ongoing legacy of disproportionate child protection interventions with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities across Australia, and significant...

Draft report

29 Nov 2017

This project is a key action in the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020. This Framework is a long term collaboration and commitment between the Commonwealth, State and Territory Governments and the non-government sector and key researchers that focuses on keeping Australia’s children and...

Report

17 Nov 2017

The Commission’s inquiry into the detention and care and protection systems of the Northern Territory has revealed systemic and shocking failures. Children and young people have been subjected to regular, repeated and distressing mistreatment and the community has also failed to be protected. The systemic...

Research report

16 Nov 2017

In 2008 the Australian Institute of Criminology (AIC) released a comprehensive study on missing persons in Australia, which presented national data on at-risk groups and identified best practice related to prevention, early intervention, referral processes and support services ( James, Anderson & Putt 2008 )....

Report

14 Nov 2017

In Australia, more than one in five children arrive at school already affected by environments and experiences that are less than optimal for their development.

These children are developmentally vulnerable and at risk of problems now and later in their...

Report

13 Nov 2017

The report makes three recommendations that New Zealand government can put into place immediately:

Make sure policy and legislative reform are child-centred and rights-based. Identify where children’s rights are not being met, what needs to be done, who will do the work, timeframes for...

Research report

11 Nov 2017

The national significance of the NSW child protection and adoption reforms cannot be overstated. The changes to child protection services in NSW not only constitute a blueprint for genuine systemic change across the full service spectrum, designed to address the unsustainable trajectory of OOHC services....

Strategy

9 Nov 2017

In 2015, an independent Expert Panel was established to provide advice on modernising Child, Youth and Family. The Expert Panel’s final report provided robust evidence that the performance of the current system is well below what New Zealanders want for our most vulnerable children...

Research report

8 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 adjustments and aim for transformational change....

Draft report

8 Nov 2017

The Australian Government is pleased to present Australia’s joint fifth and sixth report under the Convention on the Rights of the Child (CRC), second report on the Optional Protocol to the convention on the Rights of the Child on the sale of children, child prostitution...

Report

3 Nov 2017

There is a current focus in Australia on improving levels of family preservation and reducing the number of children entering out-of-home care (OOHC). However, national-level data regarding admissions to OOHC have been limited. This bulletin presents previously unpublished national trends in the number and rate...

Briefing paper

2 Nov 2017

It’s out with the old and in with the new. National’s Social Investment approach is being replaced with a focus on Early Intervention. But the new government’s focus should be on using evidence to support timely, if not always early, intervention. The health sector’s experience...

Report

1 Nov 2017

All children have the right to be protected from violence inflicted on them by anyone in their lives – whether parents, teachers, friends, romantic partners or strangers. And all forms of violence experienced by children, regardless of the nature or severity of the act, are...

Report

25 Oct 2017

This report suggests that children in out-of-home care in New South Wales suffer from forms of institutional educational neglect that very often disadvantage children in care around the world. The narrow focus of child welfare agencies on preventing child maltreatment and providing stable out-of-home...

Briefing paper

17 Oct 2017

Australia has experienced 20 years of sustained economic growth and is one of the wealthiest countries in the world. Despite our wealth, the latest ACOSS Poverty in Australia report (2016) found of the three million people living in poverty in Australia, 731,000 are children, representing...

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

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...

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

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...