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Snow White and other stories from Grimms’ Fairy Tales offer examples of abusive “childism” in children’s literature. (Wikamedia Commons)

How to choose picture books that will empower, not damage, a child

For centuries, most children’s books reinforced messages that children are unimportant, incompetent and powerless. Children need to shape up and adopt adults’ values. Children must change to fit into an…
Archbishop of Granada Francisco Javier Martinez and priests prostrate in front of the altar to seek pardon for sexual abuse in the Church at the cathedral in Granada, southern Spain, Nov. 23, 2014. Pepe Marin/Reuters

How the Catholic Church’s hierarchy makes it difficult to punish sexual abusers

The hierarchy of the Catholic Church requires nearly absolute obedience. This makes it difficult to speak up against superiors. And by the same token, superiors too can protect offending priests.
Former carer Natalie Ottini shared her experiences of working in residential group homes on the ABC’s Four Corners program. ABC/Poppy Stockell

Nothing to see here? The abuse and neglect of children in care is a century-old story in Australia

We have decades of evidence showing the widespread abuse and neglect suffered by children in the out-of-home care system. The agencies responsible for allowing the abuse have little to fear.
Policies and services designed to protect Aboriginal children’s cultural connections are not being properly implemented. AAP Image/Dan Peled

Australia failing to safeguard cultural connections for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care

New reports show a widespread lack of care for the cultural needs of many of the 19,000 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in child protection and out-of-home care.
Journalists with the skills to dig into social media can discover connections between key players in complex, often global stories. Mathias Rosenthal via www.shutterstock.com

How social media is helping Australian journalists uncover stories hidden in plain sight

From a social media post that cracked open a decades-old abuse scandal in the UK and Australia, through to tracking asylum seekers, social media can be vital in breaking investigative news stories.
Research shows a link between violence against children and their subsequent criminality. Shutterstock

Why societies must protect children if they want fewer criminals

Reducing stubbornly high levels of violence can be achieved if there is a focus on ensuring that children are not exposed to violence or toxic stress at home.

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