Media releases

Meeting children's needs requires a 'systems approach'

Media release — May 2013

Over the past two decades, there has been a rapid increase in children being taken into out-of-home care in Australia. Today, the Institute has released a resource to help professionals make complex decisions as to whether children at risk of harm need to be removed from their families, or how systems can be put in place to provide for their safety at home.

Fathers sexually abused as children suffer in silence

Media release — July 2012

Many men who have been abused as children experience unique difficulties parenting their own children, according to an analysis of Australian and international research by the Australian Institute of Family Studies (AIFS).

Evolving our child protection system

Media release — December 2011

Australia’s child protection systems are continuing to evolve beyond statutory child protection systems to better prevent, detect and respond to child abuse, according to the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

Family is for life

Media release — September 2010

Australian children who grew up in families where they were maltreated, experienced poverty, or had less supportive parents are significantly more likely to develop psychological problems as young adults, according to research released today by the Australian Institute of Family Studies.

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