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Australian publications

2017

Child Abuse Neglect and Statistics CFCA Resource Sheet

Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, June 2017.

Last updated June 2017

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/child-abuse-and-neglect-statistics


Prevention of child abuse and neglect, 2017 Australian Institute Of Family Studies, Child Family Community Australia

http://napcan.org.au/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/Preventing-child-abuse-and-neglect-1.pdf


Child protection Australia 2015–16, Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), 2017 Child Welfare series no. 66. Cat. no. CWS 60. Canberra: AIHW.

https://www.aihw.gov.au/getmedia/bce377ec-1b76-4cc5-87d9-d0541fca586c/20479.pdf.aspx?inline=true


Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - Policy and Research. http://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/policy-and-research


Mandatory reporting of Child Abuse and Neglect. CFCA Resource Sheet. Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2017. Last updated September 2017

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/mandatory-reporting-child-abuse-and-neglect


2016

‘Scoping study for research into the prevalence of child abuse in Australia: Report into the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse'. (SPRC Report 13/16) Mathews, B., Walsh, K., Dunne, M., Katz, I., Arney, F., Higgins, D. et al. (2016) Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW in partnership with Australian Institute of Family Studies, Queensland University of Technology and the Australian Centre for Child Protection.

https://www.childabuseroyalcommission.gov.au/getattachment/8a798ffe-75ca-4186-be35-5ac08e72f80b/Scoping-study-for-research-into-prevalence-of-chil


The Economic Costs of Child Abuse and Neglect Australian Institute of Family Studies. CFCA Resource Sheet. Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2016.

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/economic-costs-child-abuse-and-neglect


Reporting Abuse and Neglect. State and Territory Departments Responsible for Protecting Children. CFCA Resource Sheet Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, April 2016. Last updated January 2017

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/reporting-abuse-and-neglect


Children and Young People's Experiences of Family Violence, Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People.

http://www.childcomm.tas.gov.au/wp-content/uploads/2016/09/CCYP_FVR_21Sept2016_web.pdf


COAG Advisory Panel on Reducing Violence Against Women and their Children.

http://www.coag.gov.au/sites/default/files/communique/COAGAdvisoryPanelonReducingViolenceagainstWomenandtheirChildren-FinalReport.pdf


Report of the Inquiry: Review into the system level responses to family violence in the ACT, Laurie Glanfield AM. Review of Domestic and Family Violence Deaths in the ACT, Domestic Violence Prevention Council. Domestic Violence Service System Gap Analysis Project Final Report, Community Services Directorate.

http://www.dvpc.org.au/365-2/


2015

Department of Social Services. (2015b). Third Three Year Action Plan, 2015-18, Driving Change: Intervening Early, National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-20. Canberra: DSS.

https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/default/files/documents/10_2016/third_action_plan.pdf


The Cost of Unresolved Childhood Trauma and Abuse in Adults in Australia, Cathy Kezelman, Nick Hossack, Pam Stavropoulos, & Pip Burley, 2015, Adults Surviving Child Abuse and Pegasus Economics, Sydney

http://www.qldfamilylawnet.org.au/sites/qldfamilylawnet/files/qflpn/The%20cost%20of%20unresolved%20trauma_budget%20report%20fnl.pdf


Economic issues in the community response to child maltreatment. Segal, L. (2015). In B. Matthews, D.C. Bross (Eds.), Mandatory reporting laws and the identification of severe child abuse and neglect, Child Maltreatment 4(p.193-216). Dordrecht: Springer Science+Business.


Child Family Community Australia. (2015). Responding to children and young people's disclosures of abuse. Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies. www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/responding-children-and-young-people-s-disclosures-abu


Reporting abuse and neglect. State and Territory departments responsible for protecting children. CFCA Resource Sheet Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, April 2016.

https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/reporting-abuse-and-neglect


Responding to children and young people's disclosures of abuse. Child Family Community Australia. (2015). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies. www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/responding-children-and-young-people-s-disclosures-abu


Children's Rights Report 2015, National Children's Commissioner.

https://www.humanrights.gov.au/our-work/childrens-rights/publications/childrens-rights-report-2015


Families with Complex Needs and the Intersection of the Family Law and Child Protection Systems, Family Law Council Interim Report.

https://www.ag.gov.au/FamiliesAndMarriage/FamilyLawCouncil/Pages/FamilyLawCouncilpublishedreports.aspx


2014

Child Family Community Australia. (2014). Effects of child abuse and neglect for children and adolescents. Melbourne: CFCA information exchange. www.aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/effects-child-abuse-and-neglect-children-and-adolesce


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). A new approach to national child protection data: implementation of the Child Protection National Minimum Data Set. Child welfare series no. 59. Cat. no. CWS 50. Canberra: AIHW. www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129548812


Who Abuses Children. CFCA Resource Sheet

Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2014. https://aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/who-abuses-children


Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2014). Child protection Australia 2012-13. Canberra: AIHW.
www.aihw.gov.au/WorkArea/DownloadAsset.aspx?id=60129548164


2013

Council of Australian Governments. (2013). Second Action Plan 2012-15 of the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. Canberra: DSS.

https://www.dss.gov.au/sites/.../second_action_plan_2013-2016_accessible_v3.docx


Australian Bureau of Statistics. (2005). Personal Safety Survey Australia (Cat No. 4906.0). Canberra: ABS.

http://www.abs.gov.au/ausstats/abs@.nsf/mf/4906.0


2010

National Plan to reduce violence against women and their children: Including the first three year action plan. Council of Australian Governments. (2010). Canberra: COAG. Retrieved from www.dss.gov.au/our-responsibilities/women/programs-services/reducing-violence/the-national-plan-to-reduce-violence-against-women-and-their-children-2010-2022


Family Violence - A National Legal Response. Australian Law Reform Commission114. NSW Law Reform Commission Report 128 Report October 2010

https://www.alrc.gov.au/sites/default/files/pdfs/publications/ALRC114_WholeReport.pdf


2009

Protecting children is everyone's business: National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020. Council of Australian Governments. (2009). Canberra: FaHCSIA. www.fahcsia.gov.au/our-responsibilities/families-and-children/publications-articles/protecting-children-is-everyones-business


2008

The Cost of Child Abuse in Australia, P. Taylor, P Moore, L Pezzullo, J Tucci, C. Goddard & L. De Bortoli, 2008, Australian Child Foundation and Child Abuse Prevention Research Australia: Melbourne.

http://earlytraumagrief.anu.edu.au/files/Access%20Economic%20Report_Exec%20Summary_FINAL.pdf


Resources

International publications

2017

A Familiar Face: Violence in the lives of children and adolescents (UNICEF)

This report presents the most current data on four specific forms of violence – violent discipline and exposure to domestic abuse during early childhood; violence at school; violent deaths among adolescents; and sexual violence in childhood and adolescence. The statistics reveal that children experience violence across all stages of childhood, in diverse settings, and often at the hands of the trusted individuals with whom they interact daily. The report concludes with specific national actions and strategies that UNICEF has embraced to prevent and respond to violence against children.

https://www.unicef.org/publications/index_101397.html


Ending Violence in Childhood: Global Report 2017

Ending Violence in Childhood: Global Report 2017, launched on September 26, 2017, documents the scale of violence experienced by millions of the world's children in their everyday lives and relationships, in their homes, schools and communities. It presents the latest evidence on the causes and consequences of violence in childhood, and demonstrates how such violence can be prevented.

http://www.knowviolenceinchildhood.org/publication/flagship-report


Out in the open: education sector responses to violence based on sexual orientation or gender identity/expression (UNESCO)

This report summarises the findings of a global review, commissioned by UNESCO, of homophobic and transphobic violence in schools and education sector responses.

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002446/244652e.pdf


Global Status Report on School Violence and Bullying (UNESCO)

The Global Status Report highlights that school-related violence is driven by unequal power dynamics often reinforced by gender norms and stereotypes, sexual orientation, and other factors that contribute to marginalization such as poverty, ethnic identity, or language. The Report recommends priority actions to address school violence and bullying, notably strengthening leadership, promoting awareness, establishing partnerships and engaging children and adolescents, building education staff capacity, establishing reporting systems and improving the collection data and evidence.

http://unesdoc.unesco.org/images/0024/002469/246970e.pdf


2016

Annual report of the UN Special Representative on Violence against Children (UNSRSG-VAC)

This year's annual report of the Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence against Children to the UN General Assembly focuses on the historic opportunity presented by the 2030 Sustainable Development Agenda to put children's freedom from violence at the heart of the policy agenda of every nation.

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/2016/A_71_206-1612906E.pdf


INSPIRE: Seven strategies for Ending Violence Against Children (WHO)

A package of proven evidence-based interventions to prevent and respond to incidents of violence devised by the World Health Organization. Globally, hundreds of millions of children — up to one billion — have experienced physical, sexual or psychological violence in the past year. INSPIRE: seven strategies for ending violence against children identifies a select group of strategies that have shown success in reducing violence against children. They are: implementation and enforcement of laws; norms and values; safe environments; parent and caregiver support; income and economic strengthening; response and support services; and education and life skills. INSPIRE is WHO's main contribution to the newly established Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children.

http://apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/207717/1/9789241565356-eng.pdf?ua=1


Protecting Children from Bullying – Report of the UN Secretary-General

This report addresses the prevalence of bullying and its impact on children's rights, reviews measures adopted by Member States and other stakeholders to prevent and respond to this phenomenon, identifies good practices and provides guidance on priority actions to ensure children's protection from bullying, including cyberbullying.

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/document/a-71-213_1483


Ending the torment: tackling bullying from the schoolyard to cyberspace (UNSRSG-VAC)

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/2016/End%20bullying/bullyingreport.pdf


The cities of our dreams: A safe and child friendly New Urban Agenda (UNSRSG-VAC)

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/documents/docs/thecityofourdreams_ENG.pdf


Perils and Possibilities: Growing up Online (UNICEF)

The rapid expansion of digital technology and increased access to the Internet has transformed young people's lives worldwide. Perils and Possibilities: Growing up Online provides a glimpse into young people's opinions and perspectives on the risks they face coming of age in a digital world.

https://www.unicef.org/endviolence/endviolenceonline/files/UNICEF_Growing-up-online.pdf


The Global Study on Sexual Exploitation of Children in Travel and Tourism

The Global Study on SECTT aims to bring this gross violation of children's right into the light, and marks the 20th anniversary of the 1st World Congress on the Sexual Exploitation of Children. Guided by a High-Level Taskforce and informed by detailed studies from every region and many countries, as well as contributions from experts and children, the Global Study is the first (and, to date, the only) research initiative on SECTT to explore emerging trends and possible solutions. Oak Foundation, ECPAT, SIDA and government of the Netherlands.

http://globalstudysectt.org/global-report/


Community-based child protection mechanisms – Global synthesis report of Plan International's support to CBCPMs (Plan International)

The global synthesis report on community-based child-protection mechanisms is a mapping of Plan International's work in 50 countries. It captures the work being undertaken by more than 15,000 child-protective mechanisms that are in one or the other way supported by Plan International and its partners.

https://plan-international.org/publications/community-based-child-protection-mechanisms#download-options


2014

The Global Status Report on Violence prevention (WHO)

This report reflects data from 133 countries, is the first report of its kind to assess national efforts to address interpersonal violence, namely child maltreatment, youth violence, intimate partner and sexual violence, and elder abuse. Jointly published by WHO, the United Nations Development Programme, and the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime, the report reviews the current status of violence prevention efforts in countries, and calls for a scaling up of violence prevention programmes; stronger legislation and enforcement of laws relevant for violence prevention; and enhanced services for victims of violence.

http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/status_report/2014/en/


The costs and economic impact of violence against children (ChildFund Alliance)

This report and briefing presents the main findings of a report commissioned by ChildFund Alliance, exploring the economic impacts and costs of violence against children. It presents a summary of the available evidence from different countries and provides some estimates of the global costs of violence and exploitation against children.

The costs and economic impact of violence against children - Briefing

https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9178.pdf

The costs and economic impact of violence against children – Full Report

https://www.odi.org/sites/odi.org.uk/files/odi-assets/publications-opinion-files/9177.pdf


Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action (UNICEF)

Ending Violence Against Children: Six Strategies for Action provides evidence of effective programmes to address violence against children drawn from UNICEF's decades of experience, and informed by key partners. Case studies from around the globe illustrate how well-crafted prevention and response strategies can reduce the prevalence and impact of violence against children. The report is released as part of the #ENDviolence global initiative calling for an end to all forms of violence against children. It is directed at government leaders, civil society representatives, the private sector and the international development community

https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/Ending_Violence_Against_Children_Six_strategies_for_action_EN_9_Oct_2014.pdf


Hidden in Plain Sight: A statistical Analysis of Violence Against Children (UNICEF)

Interpersonal violence – in all its forms – has a grave effect on children: Violence undermines children's future potential; damages their physical, psychological and emotional well-being; and in many cases, ends their lives. This UNICEF report sheds light on the prevalence of different forms of violence against children, with global figures and data from 190 countries. Where relevant, data are disaggregated by age and sex, to provide insights into risk and protective factors.

http://files.unicef.org/publications/files/Hidden_in_plain_sight_statistical_analysis_EN_3_Sept_2014.pdf


A Statistical Snapshot of Violence Against Girls (UNICEF)

Adolescence is a particularly vulnerable time for girls, during which their exposure to certain forms of violence increases. This ‘snapshot' from UNICEF offers statistical insights into the various forms of violence affecting adolescent girls, as well as harmful practices that heighten their exposure to violence.

https://www.unicef.org/publications/files/A_Statistical_Snapshot_of_Violence_Against_Adolescent_Girls.pdf


Releasing Children's Potential and Minimizing Risks: The ICTs, The Internet and Violence Against Children (UNSRSG-VAC)

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/publications_final/icts/releasing_children_potential_and_minimizing_risks_icts_the_internet_and_violence_against_children.pdf


2012

Protecting children from harmful practices in plural legal systems, with a special emphasis in Africa (UNSRSG-VAC)

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org/sites/default/files/publications_final/SRSG_Plan_harmful_practices_report_final.pdf


2006

The UNs Secretary-General's Study on Violence Against Children (2006)

The groundbreaking 2006 United Nations Secretary-General's Study on Violence against Children report which paints a detailed picture of the nature, extent and causes of violence against children, and proposes clear recommendations for action to prevent and respond to it. This is the first time that an attempt has been made to document the reality of violence against children around the world, and to map out what is being done to stop it. Since 2003, many thousands of people have contributed to the study in consultations and working groups, through questionnaires and in other ways. Children and young people have been active at every level. On 11 October 2006, the UN General Assembly will consider the study's findings and recommendations.

https://www.unicef.org/violencestudy/reports.html


International Organization's, Initiatives and campaigns

UN Special Representative of the Secretary-General on Violence Against Children

The Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG) is a global independent advocate in favour of the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. The SRSG acts as a bridge builder and a catalyst of actions in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur. She mobilizes action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and generates renewed concern at the harmful effects of violence on children; to promote behavioural and social change, and to achieve effective progress.

http://srsg.violenceagainstchildren.org


UN SRSG's High Time to End Violence Against Children Initiative

The High Time initiative, launched in March 2016, to end violence against children is an initiative of the Special Representative of the United Nations Secretary-General on Violence against Children (SRSG) in cooperation with many allies. The SRSG is a global independent advocate in favour of the prevention and elimination of all forms of violence against children. The SRSG acts as a bridge builder and a catalyst of actions in all regions, and across sectors and settings where violence against children may occur. She mobilizes action and political support to maintain momentum around this agenda and generates renewed concern at the harmful effects of violence on children; to promote behavioural and social change, and to achieve effective progress. Partners include governments, international and regional organizations, professional associations, faith-based organizations, the business sector and civil society partners, as well as children themselves to take action towards zero violence by 2030.

https://www.endviolenceagainstchildren.org


UNICEF – End Violence initiative

https://www.unicef.org/endviolence/


World Health Organization – Violence and Injury Prevention

http://www.who.int/violence_injury_prevention/violence/en/


Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children

As part of Agenda 2030, the world's governments have set ambitious targets to end violence by 2030, in order to deliver the vision of a world where all children – girls and boys alike – grow up free from violence and exploitation. The Global Partnership to End Violence Against Children was established in 2016 to support the efforts of those seeking to prevent violence, protect childhood, and help make societies safe for children.

http://www.end-violence.org


Together for Girls partnership

Together for Girls is a global public-private partnership dedicated to ending violence against children, with a focus on sexual violence against girls. To address this horrific human rights violation and public health problem, Together for Girls brings together the expertise and resources of many of the strongest organizations working globally in development, public health, and children and women's rights to collaborate with national governments and civil society.

http://www.togetherforgirls.org


Alliance 8.7 - Global partnership to end forced labour, modern slavery, human trafficking and child labour

In September 2015, all UN member States adopted the 2030 Sustainable Development Goals: 17 interrelated goals and 169 associated targets to promote economic, social and environmental development. In Target 8.7, all countries committed to:

Take immediate and effective measures to eradicate forced labour, end modern slavery and human trafficking and secure the prohibition and elimination of the worst forms of child labour, including recruitment and use of child soldiers, and by 2025 end child labour in all its forms.

Alliance 8.7 was created to help national governments achieve this ambitious undertaking, in coordination with workers' and employers' organizations, civil society organizations, United Nations and other international organizations. Alliance 8.7 is part of an integrated strategy to promote fundamental freedoms, principles, and rights at work and collaborates closely with existing programmes. It will also foster synergies with partnerships on other Sustainable Development Goals.

http://www.alliance87.org


The United Nations Free & Equal campaign

In July 2013, the Office of the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights (OHCHR) launched UN Free & Equal – an unprecedented global UN public information campaign aimed at promoting equal rights and fair treatment of LGBTI people.

https://www.unfe.org/


Global Kids Online

Global Kids Online is an international research project that aims to generate and sustain a rigorous cross-national evidence base around children's use of the internet by creating a global network of researchers and experts. Global Kids Online was developed as a collaborative initiative between the UNICEF Office of Research-Innocenti, the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), and the EU Kids Online network. Supported by the WeProtect Global Alliance (2015 – 2016), the project aims to connect evidence with the ongoing international dialogue regarding policy and practical solutions for children's well-being and rights in the digital age, especially in the global South.

http://blogs.lse.ac.uk/gko/about/


We Protect Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation

The WePROTECT Global Alliance to End Child Sexual Exploitation Online is an international movement dedicated to national and global action to end the sexual exploitation of children online.

http://www.weprotect.org/


The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) USA

CDC's research and programs work to understand the problem of child abuse and neglect and prevent them before they begin

https://www.cdc.gov/violenceprevention/overview/index.html


Know Violence in Childhood: Global Learning Initiative

http://www.knowviolenceinchildhood.org/about/initiative