CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE AT RISK
Many Australian children and young people are at significant risk of abuse and neglect. The reported prevalence of child maltreatment (neglect, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse) is at alarming levels. Vulnerable families require intensive sup...Show more...
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Many Australian children and young people are at significant risk of abuse and neglect. The reported prevalence of child maltreatment (neglect, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse) is at alarming levels. Vulnerable families require intensive support from an overburdened system struggling to respond to mandatory reporting requirements. When is a child in need of protection and when do ‘abusive and neglectful behaviours’ become ‘abuse’ and ‘neglect’? There is a range of factors that expose children and young people to greater risk of disadvantage, including family stressors like financial stress, domestic violence, social isolation, mental health and substance abuse. Who is at risk, and what is happening to children being removed from their families into out-of-home care? What assistance is available to vulnerable families experiencing abuse and neglect?
Chapter 1: Understanding child abuse and neglect
Chapter 2: Child protection
Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index
There is a demonstrated relationship between the health and wellbeing of children and young people and the environment in which they grow up.
In Australia, statutory child protection systems are the responsibility of the state and territory governments, and child protection services in each state and territory provide assistance for some of the more vulnerable children in society.
In 2007-08, 195,387 children aged 0-17 years across Australia were the subjects of 1 or more child protection notifications – a rate of 39 notifications per 1,000 children.
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