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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.

Download "Domestic Violence: issues and policy challenges." (650KB PDF)

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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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November 21, 2014

FETAL ALCOHOL SPECTRUM DISORDERS: STRATEGIES TO ADDRESS INFORMATION GAPS

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare has published a report titled "Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Strategies to address information gaps."  The paper describes the issues caused by the limited information currently available about the incidence and prevalence of FASD in Australia.  This is partly due to low levels of awareness about FASD amongst clinicians, however there is also no nationally agreed and consistent diagnostic criteria.  The paper describes these current challenges and proposes a process to develop a system of regular surveillance to ensure that appropriate resources and services are available in areas of high need.

Download "Fetal alcohol spectrum disorders: Strategies to address information gaps."

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August 8, 2014

BUILDING BLOCKS: BEST PRACTICE PROGRAMS TO IMPROVE THE WELLBEING OF CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The Western Australian Commissioner for Children and Young People has published a document titled "Building Blocks: Best practice programs that improve wellbeing of children and young people".  This document identifies 44 programs from around Australia that have been shown to have a positive impact on the wellbeing of children and young people.  The document considers eight areas of wellbeing including health and safety, education, behaviours and risks amongst others and programs are listed as either "best practice" or "promising" based of the strength of the evidence base.  Each program is described in terms of the objectives, evidence base, and outcomes as well as links to find out more information.  This guide is a very useful starting point for services looking at developing evidence-based programs to improve the wellbeing of young people.

Download "Building Blocks: Best practice programs that improve wellbeing of children and young people". (1.45MB PDF)

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