Child protection

Our research expertise

Child protection is a significant social issue in Australia. Sadly, tens of thousands of children are psychologically and/or physically harmed each year and the impact of such harm can be wide-ranging and long-term. Gathering research on the causes and effects of child abuse and neglect can lead to better prevention and early intervention strategies.

AIFS has built expertise in child protection research primarily through the Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange, which took over from the work of the National Child Protection Clearinghouse.

Through an extensive research program, AIFS has built expertise in a range of areas, including:

  • risk and protective factors for abuse and neglect
  • strategies for preventing child abuse and neglect
  • out-of-home care
  • community development strategies for protecting children
  • multi-type maltreatment and complex trauma
  • child protection systems
  • child sexual abuse - impact and prevention.

Current research projects

Beyond 18: The Longitudinal Study of Leaving Care
A long-term project focusing on the experiences of young people leaving the care system in Victoria.

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) Information Exchange
A major source of quality, evidence-based information for professionals in the child, family and community welfare sectors.


Antonia Quadara
Research Fellow

Stewart Muir
Research Fellow

Kelly Hand
Deputy Director, Research

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