Child protection

Report

07 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 Queensland foster carer...

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Report

07 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)...

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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,...

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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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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...

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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...

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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...

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Other text

09 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).

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Research report

15 Jul 2017

This report draws on a number of publications resulting from a project looking at effective cross-agency responses to severe abuse. This includes two published systematic searches of the literature (Herbert & Bromfield, 2016b, 2017a), a national survey of directors of Child Advocacy Centres...

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Research report

01 Jun 2017

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services (FACS) Office of the Senior Practitioner commissioned the Australian Centre for Child Protection to work in partnership with FACS to provide evidence from the research literature to inform the development of an updated FACS policy on neglect...

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Guide

19 Apr 2017

Enabling children and young people to understand, identify and raise their safety concerns with a trusted adult and within safe organisations is vital. However, there is little advice provided to adults and institutions about how this might be done in child-centred and child-informed ways....

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Journal article

15 Apr 2017

Although prevalence studies show girls are more frequently sexually abused than boys, a significant proportion of boys also experience child sexual abuse (CSA). The challenges for public policy are amplified for boys due to less developed public and professional sensitisation to boys’...

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Research report

16 Mar 2017

During 2015–16, 162,175 (30.2 per 1,000) Australian children received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or were in out-of-home care).

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were seven times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received...

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Briefing paper

01 Mar 2017

The ICPS Research to Practice Series links the findings of research undertaken by the Institute of Child Protection Studies, Australian Catholic University, to the development of policy and practice in the area of child, youth and family welfare.

This issue explores what works to...

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Journal article

23 Feb 2017

Internationally, there are few studies that have trialled structured intervention programmes designed to prevent excessive weight gain or combat existing overweight/obesity for young people living in out-of-home care. The Healthy, Eating Active Living (HEAL) programme was designed to address...

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Journal article

01 Jan 2017

Multi-Disciplinary teams (MDTs) have often been presented as the key to dealing with a number of intractable problems associated with responding to allegations of physical and sexual child abuse. While these approaches have proliferated internationally, researchers have complained of the lack of...

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Strategy

20 Dec 2016

On 20 December 2016, Australia’s National Research Organisation for Women’s Safety (ANROWS) announced a program of research to improve the evidence base for stopping men’s violence against women and holding perpetrators to account. ANROWS is an initiative of the Council of Australian Governments...

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Research report

19 Dec 2016

This research report presents the findings of a study that explored the safety of young people in residential care. Commissioned by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this study aimed to understand what young people believe institutions are doing to identify...

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Journal article

15 Dec 2016

A mixed-methods pilot study was undertaken to (1) to gain insight into children's experiences using a children's rating tool and structured interview process, developed in this study; and (2) to determine the feasibility of conducting research with children aged 12 years and under at the...

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Discussion paper

14 Dec 2016

Frontline child protection work is highly stressful, emotionally taxing and, at times, can result in secondary trauma. Additionally, statutory child protection organisations consistently experience high turnover and staff shortages, creating adverse workplace cultures and extra stress for their...

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