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Inverting the pyramid: enhancing systems for protecting children

Executive summary Introduction Current systems for protecting children in Australia are failing in their primary objective: to protect children. Substantiation rates have increased significantly across Australia in the past decade although the rates in Victoria, Western Australia and South Australia have remained relatively stable (AIHW...
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Family inclusion initiatives in child welfare

This report explores a range of initiatives and programs that aim to build a family-inclusive approach to child protection and child welfare practice.
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Time for action: The National Council's plan for Australia to reduce violence against women and their children, 2009-2021

For women in Australia, sexual assault and domestic and family violence are the most pervasive human rights violations. They harm and limit the lives of a third of Australian women, and require an immediate and focused response. The extent and range of violent actions perpetrated...
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The children's cases pilot project: final report

The Children’s Cases Project (CCP) focuses on the interests of the child and the parents' or caretakers' proposals for the future of the child, rather than the past history of the parties' relationships. The final report of the exploratory study looks at, amongst other things...
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Working in disadvantaged communities: What additional competencies do we need?

Residents of socioeconomically disadvantaged locations are more likely to have poor health than residents of socioeconomically advantaged locations and this has been comprehensively mapped in Australian cities. These inequalities present a challenge for the public health workers based in or responsible for improving the health...
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Lawyers and family dispute resolution practitioners: Achieving the child-focused ideal in practice

Cate Banks provides a summary of her research into the different meanings of the child-focused ideal for family dispute resolution practitioners and lawyers, and discusses how these differences play out in practice. The family law reforms introduced in the Family Law Amendment (Shared Parental Responsibility)...
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Child support and housing outcomes

This research describes the relationship between the payment and receipt of child support and housing outcomes. The focus is informed by diversifying family forms and household structures, which have implications for parenting, financial arrangements and the housing needs and outcomes of Parents Apart and their...
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Protecting children is everyone's business

Australia needs to move from seeing ‘protecting children’ merely as a response to abuse and neglect to one of promoting the safety and wellbeing of children. Leading researchers and practitioners – both in Australia and overseas – have suggested that applying a public health model...
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The state of the world's children 2007: women and children the double dividend of gender equality

The State of the World’s Children 2007 examines the discrimination and disempowerment women face throughout their lives – and outlines what must be done to eliminate gender discrimination and empower women and girls. It looks at the status of women today, discusses how gender equality...
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Sexualisation of children in the contemporary media

In 2006, The Australia Institute published two discussion papers on the issue of the sexualisation of children in the contemporary media: Corporate paedophilia: sexualisation of children in the media1 and Letting children be children: stopping the sexualisation of children in Australia.2 The two papers prompted...