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Abuse

 

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.

 

Legislation

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

Statistics

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

 

Chance to develope young Indigenous leaders

The National Indigenous Youth Leadership Academy (NIYLA) is taking applications for the 2014 National Gathering, where participants will develop, launch and lead national campaigns for social change. Original article

21 Jan 2014

Dr YES - WA youth health education program

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

20 Jan 2014

Sharp drop in crime committed by WA's worst young offenders

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

20 Jan 2014

Peer-delivered information on ecstacy and methamphetamine use

A recent study published in the Journal of Addiction and Prevention reviews the effectiveness of peer-delivered information at music events. Original article

20 Jan 2014

Youth crime top priority for QLD government

In a media statement, the Queenland Government has said that it is promising tough reforms to the Youth Justice Act will be pushed through as a matter of urgency when the Queensland Parliament resumes in February. Original article

20 Jan 2014

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