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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. Drawing...
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 this limitation and is, to our...
The quality of caregiving in mothers with substance abuse problems appears to be compromised. However, divergent findings, methodological variability, and sample characteristics point to the need for research synthesis.
A comprehensive systematic search was undertaken. Studies were eligible...
The Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care has reported that, unless new approaches are adopted in child protection, "we risk another stolen generation".
The first Australian policy to promote collective responsibility for children’s wellbeing, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009–2020: Protecting Children is Everyone’s Business , endorses the need for local, state and national agencies, the community service sector and citizens to think and act differently....
Over the past three years, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse has explored the extent to which children and young people have been exposed to child sexual abuse, and considered some of the reasons why institutions have failed to actively prevent...
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 children and young...
Residential group-care workers have a critical role to play in recognizing mental health problems amongst children in their care. However, little is known about the extent to which workers recognize and respond to mental health and behavioral concerns.
A sample of 124 residential group...
This practice paper provides an overview of what we know from research about cognitive development in children who have experienced trauma, and provides principles to support effective practice responses to those children’s trauma.
Key messages: Children in care experience symptoms and difficulties associated with...
This report for the Australian Government Department of Social Services is volume 1 of 'Child Abuse And Neglect: A Socio-legal Study of Mandatory Reporting in Australia'.
This study aims to explore trends in the reporting of child abuse and neglect by different reporter groups...