This review reports the results of a project undertaken to find out what is known about systems that enable the public health approach (PHA) to protecting children.

The PHA emphasises universal preventative initiatives (primary approaches) and early intervention (secondary approaches), with the statutory system (tertiary approaches, such as placement of children in out-of-home care) seen as a last resort.

The report:

  • Provides background information about child abuse and neglect in Australia and the focus on a public health approach.
  • Reports key findings from the national and international evidence about factors that enable the movement towards a public health approach to child protection and other factors that impede this change.
  • Draws out implications for policy-makers.
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