Abuse covers neglect, domestic violence, physical and sexual abuse, and child pornography. The information here addresses issues associated with prevention and victim support, as well as research into causes and ongoing analysis of statistics.
The Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS) provides several Resource Sheets on child protection legislation.
A comprehensive list of protection legislation for each state and territory: www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/sheets/rs14/rs14.html
Mandatory reporting of child abuse: www.aifs.gov.au/nch/pubs/sheets/rs3/rs3.html
From the Parliamentary Library, Domestic Domestic Violence in Australia—an Overview of the Issues, E-Brief: Online Only issued 7 August 2003, updated by Janet Phillips, September 2006, includes information about violence against children and young people, Commonwealth, state and territory domestic violence programs and strategies.www.aph.gov.au/library/intguide/sp/Dom_violence.htm
The Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) has outlined priority areas for the collection of data on child neglect and abuse: www.abs.gov.au/AUSSTATS/[email protected]/Latestproducts/283A5BA39FD7D455CA2572BB001B0441?opendocument#PRIORITY20220EXPAND20UPDAT
Australian Institute for Health and Welfare is the national agency for health and welfare statistics. They have 2 publications covering statistics of abuse. Child welfare series no. 17, Child abuse and neglect Australia 1995-96: www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/35& Child protection Australia 1997-98: www.aihw.gov.au/publications/index.cfm/title/4560
Dr YES (youth education sessions) is a program run by the West Australian Medical Association where medical students go out to metropolitan and rural high schools to have open and engaging communications about the big issues facing youth health - particularly alcohol and drugs, mental health and sexual health. Original article
Police have described a substantial drop in the amount of crime committed by some of WA's worst young offenders in the past 12 months as "extraordinary", adding that diverting the teenagers into behaviour management programs has helped. Original article
A recent study published in the Journal of Addiction and Prevention reviews the effectiveness of peer-delivered information at music events. Original article