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Optimising early childhood development requires a holistic approach to policy, programs and services that builds understanding of this important period and advances integrated polices and evidence-informed practices.
This paper reports on the arrangements in place in each state/territory to support a cross-agency response based on characteristics associated with effective cross-agency responses identified in the research literature.
This article proposes further research framed by the need to better understand how different parts of the response impact on outcomes for children and families affected by abuse.
This abridged version summarises the key concepts outlined in the full paper; namely, the evidence for the biological, global, social, ecological, and individual factors that are reshaping our understanding of the first 1000 days of a child's development.
This research paper highlights the astonishing rates of child development from conception to the end of age two and the benefits of a holistic approach to children’s health.
This literature review examined the relevant Australian and international research and 'grey' literature (including previous commissions of inquiry into institutional abuse), focusing on the methodologies for using administrative data to estimate the extent of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.
Drawing on research commissioned by the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, this article presents a rapid review of available evidence on the impacts of institutional abuse on survivors.
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’ experiences, conceptions of...
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...