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One child in three is physically or sexually abused or witnesses violence between adults in their home. Other adversities including emotional neglect, living in an unsafe neighbourhood or experiencing prejudice and bullying are even more common. (iStock)

Childhood adversity is a ‘cause of causes’ of adult illnesses and mental health problems

One in three children experiences abuse or neglect. These adverse events increase lifelong risks for chronic diseases and mental health issues, creating a public health hazard hiding in plain sight.
Household economic stress of the type brought on by COVID-19 is likely resulting in more stressed-out, anxious and hyperactive children, according to past data. (Piqsels)

COVID-19’s economic impact could be stressing out our kids

The effects of economic stress on children are big. Parents’ anxiety about their financial situation is equivalent to the effect of a divorce, and is likely at play amid COVID-19.
Parramatta Girls Home covered way with superintendents c1970s. Photo courtesy Christina Green and PFFP Memory Project

Transforming the Parramatta Female Factory institutional precinct into a site of conscience

The Parramatta Female Factory has been identified as a site of abuse by the royal commission. Now a community-led campaign is transforming it into a ‘site of conscience’.
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.
Children in the U.S. foster care system can languish for years. Pixaby

The hidden harms of the US foster-care system

When a child dies from neglect or maltreatment from parents, outraged observers demand at-risk kids be placed in foster care. But the US foster care system can pose risks for children, too.

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