Report

Rebalancing the scales

This report documents the experiences of Tasmanian parents and the lawyers who represent them, and legal processes associated with the child safety system. The research examines parents' ability to access legal advice, their participation in decision-making processes and to what extent these processes implement the...
Report

NSW Government response to the Family is Culture review report

The NSW Government's response to the Family is Culture review report lays a foundation for the way forward to keep First Nations children with their parents and reduce the number of these children coming into care.
Report

Protecting children online: an overview of recent developments in legal frameworks and policies

The digital environment presents a wide range of benefits to children, whilst also exposing them to various risks, including cyberbullying, harmful content and inappropriate contact with strangers. This report provides an overview of the legal and policy actions that governments, international organisations and other stakeholders...
Report

‘Crossover kids’: vulnerable children in the youth justice system

This is the third and final report in the Council’s series on ‘crossover kids’: sentenced and diverted children known to the Victorian Child Protection Service. The series studied 5,063 children sentenced or diverted in the Children’s Court and identified those who were known to child...
Briefing paper

Developmental vulnerability and contact with the child protection system

This Evidence to Action Note outlines key findings from the NSW-CDS study, ‘Timing of the first report and highest level of child protection response in association with early developmental vulnerabilities in an Australian population cohort.’
Briefing paper

What risk factors are associated with being placed in out-of-home care?

This FACSIAR Evidence to Action Note presents summary results from two state-wide surveys conducted in 2018 by the NSW Department of Communities and Justice (DCJ) (formerly Family and Community Services or FACS).
Fact sheet

Fact Check: Have removal rates of Indigenous children increased 400 per cent since 2008?

Former Victorian Greens MP Lidia Thorpe claims that the rate of removal of Indigenous children has increased five-fold over the decade to 2018.
Report

Inquiry into domestic violence with particular regard to violence against women and their children

This report presents the Legal and Constitutional Affairs References Committee's views on Australia’s efforts to reduce domestic and family violence under the national plan, and proposes some questions for consideration in drafting the next iteration of the plan.
Report

Better system, better chances

Effective prevention and early intervention is possibly the most promising strategy for changing the trajectories of children. There is clear evidence that children’s life chances are influenced by their families and communities and that they are able to be changed for the better. Improving the...
Technical report

Technical note: COVID-19 and children deprived of their liberty

This report argues that lessons learned from previous outbreaks emphasise the need for States to accommodate increased child protection needs when devising and implementing their response plans to the COVID-19 outbreak.