Prevention of child abuse and neglect

Prevention of child abuse and neglect

CFCA Resource Sheet— September 2017
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Produced in partnership with NAPCAN, this resource provides an overview of prevention of child abuse and neglect, with a focus on primary prevention

Further reading

Stronger communities, safer children: Findings from recent Australian research on the importance of community in keeping children safe. CFCA resource sheet.

Defining the public health model for the child welfare services context. CFCA resource sheet. 

International approaches to child protection: What can Australia learn? CFCA paper written by Rhys Price-Robertson, Leah Bromfield & Alister Lamont. 

National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children: Resources to support the Third Action Plan, 2015-2018. CFCA short article. 

The public health approach to preventing child maltreatment. CFCA short article. 

Risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect. CFCA resource sheet. 

References

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2017a). Child protection Australia 2015-16. Child welfare series no. 66. Cat. no. CWS 60. Canberra: AIHW. Retrieved from <www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129558626&tab=3>.

Australian Institute of Health and Welfare. (2017b). Supplementary data tables 2015-16. Canberra: AIHW. Retrieved from <www.aihw.gov.au/publication-detail/?id=60129558626&tab=3>.

Baum, F. (2008). The New Public Health (3rd ed.). South Melbourne: Oxford University Press.

Bromfield, L., Arney, F., & Higgins, D. J. (2014). Contemporary issues in child protection intake, referral and family support. In A. Hayes & D. Higgins (Eds.), Families, policy and the law: Selected essays on contemporary issues for Australia (pp. 121-129). Melbourne: Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Center for Disease Control and prevention (CDC). (2014). Essentials for childhood: Steps to create safe, stable, nurturing relationships and environments. Atlanta: CDC, National Center for Injury Prevention and Control, Division of Violence Prevention.

Commonwealth of Australia. (2017). Road trauma Australia: 2016 statistical summary. Canberra: Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA). (2016). Stronger communities, safer children: Findings from recent Australian research on the importance of community in keeping children safe. Melbourne: AIFS. Retrieved from <aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/stronger-communities-safer-children>.

CFCA. (2017). Risk and protective factors for child abuse and neglect. Melbourne: AIFS. Retrieved from <aifs.gov.au/cfca/publications/risk-and-protective-factors-child-abuse-and-neglect>.

Council of Australian Governments. (2009). Protecting children is everyone's business: National framework for protecting Australia's children 2009-2020. Canberra: Commonwealth of Australia.

Eastman, C., Hill, T., Newland, J., Smyth, C., & valentine, k. (2014). Thriving in adversity: A positive deviance study of safe communities for children. Sydney: Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW Australia

Fortson, B. L., Klevens, J., Merrick, M. T., Gilbert, L. K., & Alexander, S. P. (2016). Preventing child abuse and neglect: A technical package for policy, norm and programmatic activities. Atlanta, GA: National Center for Injury Prevention and Control Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Gilbert, R., Woodman, J., & Logan, S. (2012). Developing services for a public health approach to child maltreatment. International Journal of Children's Rights, 20(3), 323-342. doi:10.1163/157181812X637091

Herrenkohl, T. I., Higgins, D. J., Merrick, M. T., & Leeb, R. T. (2015). Positioning a public health framework at the intersection of child maltreatment and intimate partner violence: Primary prevention requires working outside existing systems. Child Abuse and Neglect, 48, 22-28.

Mathews, B., Walsh, K., Dunne, M., Katz, I., Arney, F., Higgins, D. J. et al. (2016). Scoping study for research into the prevalence of child abuse in Australia: Report to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (SPRC Report 13/16). 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 (University of South Australia).

Mikton, C., & Butchart, A. (2009). Child maltreatment prevention: A systematic review of reviews. Bulletin Of The World Health Organization, 87, 353-361.

Moore, T. (2017). Protection through participation: Involving children in child-safe organisations. Melbourne: AIFS.

O'Donnell, M., Scott, D., & Stanley, F. (2008). Child abuse and neglect: Is it time for a public health approach? Australian and New Zealand Journal of Public Health, 32(4), 325-330.

Sethi, D. (Ed.) (2013). European report on preventing child maltreatment. Copenhagen: World Health Organization.

World Health Organization. (2006). Preventing child maltreatment: A guide to taking action and generating evidence. Geneva: WHO Press. Retrieved from <apps.who.int/iris/bitstream/10665/43499/1/9241594365_eng.pdf>.

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CFCA Resource Sheet
Published by the Australian Institute of Family Studies, September 2017.

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