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November 17, 2017

AUSTRALIA'S WELFARE 2017

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have published their annual "Australia's Welfare 2017" report.  The report includes information on the amount of money spent on welfare services, along with the population factors that influence the demand for these services.  It includes information on young people with regards to child protection, youth justice and domestic and family violence, as well as data on the community services workforce, indigenous specific data, a special focus on housing and homelessness and more.  This report collates data from a broad range of services, giving a comprehensive overview of some of the key indicators of the wellbeing in the community.

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November 10, 2017

SORTLI: SORT OUT YOUR LIFE APP FOR YOUNG PEOPLE TRANSITIONING FROM CARE

When young people in the care of child safety services start to get older, they begin to think about and plan for living independently. Transitioning out of care can be scary for some young people, however It can also be an empowering experience.  We can support young people's transition by helping them have access to the right information. CREATE Foundation and the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services have developed a free mobile app for young people called 'Sortli' (sort out your life) to help young people with their transition to independence. Sortli is a fun and easy-to-navigate app that provides a step-by-step guide for all the important things a young person in care needs to transition to independence, such as finding somewhere to live, looking after their health and wellbeing, managing finances, finding a job, training or education and other important life skills.

Sortli can be downloaded from Apple, Android and Windows stores.  Read more about Sortli here.

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June 2, 2017

INFORMATION SHARING FOR PROFESSIONALS SUPPORTING CHILDREN AND FAMILES

The Queensland Family and Child Commission has published a handy fact sheet titled "Myth versus Fact: Information sharing for professionals in the child and family support sector".  The downloadable PDF covers a number of common points of confusion around information sharing provisions found in different pieces of legislation. The guide describes how information can be shared in cases involving young people in out-of-home care, the circumstances in which information about a family could be shared without consent, and ways that "prescribed entities" can share information.

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April 7, 2017

SNAP THAT STIGMA: REDUCING THE STIGMA FACED BY YOUNG PEOPLE WITH A CARE EXPERIENCE

The Create Foundation is the national peak consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience. They have recently launched a campaign to help reduce the stigma faced by young people with a care experience: #snapthatstigma.  The campaign is designed to highlight positive stories and achievements of young people with a care experience.  Create have made a video featuring eight young people sharing their experiences, as well as a stigma position paper and a social media campgain based around #snapthatstigma.

Find out more at Create's Snap That Stigma page

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March 17, 2017

CHILD PROTECTION AUSTRALIA 2015 - 16

The annual Child Protection Australia report has been released for 2015-16 and includes information on state and territory child protection services, and characteristics of children receiving these services. The report contains some sobering statistics.  Nationally, 162 175 children and young people had an investigation, or were on some kind of child protection order.  In 2011 - 12 there were 7.6 children per 1000 on a child protection order, but by 2015-16 this number had risen to 9.6 children per 1000.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people continued to be over-represented in the child protection system, with seven times as many Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander young people having contact with the child protection system compared with non-Indigenous children.

To find out more, go to "Child Protection Australian 2015 - 16"

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November 4, 2016

YOUNG PEOPLE IN THE CHILD PROTECTION AND YOUTH JUSTICE SYSTEM

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare have published a report titled "Young people in child protection and under youth justice supervision 2014 - 15".  In this report, the authors utilised a data linkage methodology, to look at young people who are involved in both the child protection and youth justice system.  The data includes 30 402 young people aged 10 - 17 from Queensland, the ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania.  Young people in the child protection system were 14 times more likely to be involved in the youth justice system than the general population, and the reverse was also true - young people in the youth justice system were 15 times more likely to be involved in the child protection system than the general population.

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June 30, 2016

THE PUBLIC HEALTH APPROACH TO PREVENTING CHILD MALTREATMENT

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a news article titled "The public health approach to preventing child maltreatment". The article describes a population approach that aims to prevent child maltreatment, respond quickly if problems do occur, and then to minimise the long-term effects, and prevent re-occurrence.  The article describes primary (or universal) approaches, secondary services that target families at higher risk of child maltreatment, and tertiary services that target families where abuse or neglect has already occurred. The article goes on to describe the evidence base for this approach, which is still developing.

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December 4, 2015

DOMESTIC VIOLENCE: ISSUES AND POLICY CHALLENGES

The Australian Parliamentary Library has published a research paper titled "Domestic Violence: issues and policy challenges."   The paper provides a succinct, evidence based overview of domestic violence in Australia, including an overview of the underlying causes of domestic violence, research into community attitudes towards domestic violence, as well as an overview of strategies to address domestic violence in Australia and overseas from prevention programs to programs for perpetrators.

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July 10, 2015

PREVENTING CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

The Australian Institute of Family Studies has published a research report titled "Conceptualising the prevention of child sexual abuse".  The report considers conceptual, policy and practice challenges to preventing sexual abuse as well as future directions for prevention activities. It attempts to use a public health framework for considering child sexual abuse prevention - considering primary, secondary and tertiary prevention activities.

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June 5, 2015

CHILD PROTECTION IN AUSTRALIA 2013-14

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published their annual "Child Protection in Australia 2013-14" report.  The report contains data on the number of child protection notifications, and the numbers of children and young people on child protection orders.  In Queensland during 2013-14 there were 23 256 notifications and 7406 of these were substantiated on investigation, with neglect being the most commonly substantiated child protection concern.  Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people were overrepresented in the statistics, with substantiated notifications at 25.5 per 1000 population, compared with 4.1 per 1000 for non-Indigenous children and young people.


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