Child protection

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.
Report

Expenditure on children in the Northern Territory: study report

This report looks at how the safety and wellbeing of children in the Northern Territory can be improved. The focus is on how the Commonwealth and Northern Territory Governments can work better together to fund services.
Report

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

The Sentencing Advisory Council has released this second report on ‘crossover kids’, children who have had contact with both the child protection system and the youth justice system. The report finds that the vast majority of children were known to child protection before they committed...
Report

Child protection Australia 2018–19

This report presents statistics on state and territory child protection and family support services, and selected characteristics of children receiving these services. This includes statistics for 2018–19, and trends over the 5-year period from 2014–15 to 2018–19.