Under both national and international law, children and young people are entitled to freedom from violence and maltreatment. Despite this, every day in NSW children and young people – as some of the most vulnerable members of our community – suffer physical, sexual and emotional violence in settings that should be places of safety and nurturing.
In NSW in 2016-17, there were an estimated 154,302 cases of violence against children and young people - that is an average of 18 children an hour, every hour. Even then, these estimates are likely to be conservative. There is uncertainty in the true prevalence and incidence as violence against children is often underreported or undetected. As a result of this context, only those impacts of violence that had robust evidence on causation were included and costed.