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.
National reviews can be helpful, but can drive misunderstanding of the issues facing child protection services.
Despite more spending on mental health services, suicide rates continue to climb. So in light of two major new reports released this week, we need to rethink our strategy to save lives.
Why are teenagers still being let down?
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.
Children abused at home may not be safer at school – in fact the lockdown may have made life easier for children at risk, and their parents.
Rather than only reacting on a case-by-case basis, we need to recognise the root of child neglect and abuse comes from social inequities.
Children growing up in Northern Ireland are far less likely to be in foster or residential care than those in England, Scotland or Wales.
Increasing numbers of parents are being accused of child abuse.
Utah’s new ‘free-range’ parenting law restores certain rights to parents regarding when they can leave their children unattended. But does the law go too far or not far enough?
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’.
We’ve known for years that childhood trauma can have lifelong effects on our health. It’s time for medicine and public health to start addressing the problem head-on.
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.
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.
We have an ever-increasing number of children and families facing complex challenges and we know next to nothing about who they are and how they are doing.
Victorian child protection law reforms due to come into effect next month will give parents two years from when their children are removed to lift their game, before permanently losing custody.
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.