National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children

What is child abuse and neglect?

CFCA Resource Sheet— September 2018

An overview of child abuse and neglect terminology, including broad definitions of physical abuse, emotional maltreatment, neglect and sexual abuse

Young girl walking in a puddle of water barefoot

Safe and supportive families and communities for children: A synopsis and critique of Australian research

Short article— 30 March 2012

This paper reviews the research on building safe and supportive families and communities for children in Australia. Based on assessments of 22 research and evaluation reports, it examines the evidence base in the areas of:

  • community attitudes and awareness of child safety;
  • parenting and family support; and
  • child-friendly communities.

The paper synthesises the findings and discusses the implications for future research.

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