CFCA in 2019: A year in review


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December 2019


Will Douglas

2019 was another big year for CFCA, over 1.75 million users visited our website and we welcomed over 4,000 new subscribers to our fortnightly newsletter.

In the past two years we have experienced significant growth, recording large increases in website users, publication downloads, webinar attendees and newsletter subscribers. This motivated us to revisit our engagement with the sector in order to ensure our work remains relevant and responsive to you. We conducted stakeholder consultations, round-table discussions and more than a dozen in-depth interviews which provided us with a greater understanding of the sector and your needs to guide our work. Thank you to everyone who engaged with us this year.

During the year we published two new papers, four updated resource sheets, and a poster collaboration with NAPCAN and the Parenting Research Centre. This year was also a bumper year for webinars: we recorded 15 webinars, six of which were co-produced with Emerging Minds for our series on child and infant mental health. These webinars were attended by over 11,500 people and covered a range of popular and niche topics.

 Users - 1.75 million CFCA users in 2019: 62% Australian, 38% International; Users by state and territory: QLD (18%), NSW (33%), ACT (3%), VIC (27%), TAS (1%), SA (8%), WA (9%), NT (1%); Female versus male users: Female (72%), Male (28%); Increased engagement since 2018 - Website users: 1.75 million users (2019), 1.6 million users (2018); Downloads of new publications: 64,613 downloads (2019), 58,730 downloads (2018); Webinars: 11,500+ attendees (2019), 12,750+ attendees (2018); CFCA News subscribers: 18,700+ subscribers (2019), 14,400+ subscribers (2018). 2019 publications and events - 6 papers, practitioner resources and resource sheets (64,613 downloads), 15 webinars (11,500+ attendees), 78 helpdesk enquiries, 18,700+ CFCA news subscribers (30.1% increase since 1 January 2019).     

Published in 2019

Papers and practitioner resources

  • CFCA Paper No. 51 - Elder abuse: Key issues and emerging evidence 
    Elder abuse is a multifaceted and often hidden form of abuse. There is currently no national data on the prevalence of elder abuse in Australia. Based on international studies, it is estimated that between 2% and 14% of older people in high- or middle-income countries experience elder abuse every year. The term 'elder abuse' covers a range of harmful behaviours, including physical, emotional, sexual and financial abuse and neglect.  
    This paper provides an overview of elder abuse in Australia. It discusses key issues involved in how elder abuse is defined and examines its prevalence, impact and associated risk factors, with a focus on implications of recent research for policy and practice.
  • CFCA Paper No. 52 - Therapeutic residential care services in Australia: A description of current service characteristics 
    Therapeutic residential care is a relatively recent development in out-of-home care service provision for young people who are unable to be placed in family-based care. This paper is intended to complement a recent CFCA publication on this topic, Therapeutic residential care: An update on current issues in Australia (McLean, 2018; CFCA Paper No. 49).  
    This companion paper provides a snapshot of the current practice of therapeutic residential care services conducted in Australia. It describes the configuration and characteristics of current therapeutic residential care services in Australia. The views of therapeutic residential care service providers included in our consultations are summarised, together with issues to be considered in the further development of this form of care for young people.
  • CFCA Resource Sheet – January 2019 - Child protection and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
    This resource sheet is designed to assist practitioners, policy makers and researchers with an understanding of the extent to which Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are involved in the Australian child protection and out-of-home care systems. The resource sheet is based on the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) Child Protection data 2016–2017 (AIHW, 2018). 
  • CFCA Resource Sheet – June 2019 - Reporting child abuse and neglect: Information for service providers
    This resource sheet provides information to service providers and practitioners working in the child, family and community welfare sector on how to report suspected child abuse and neglect. It defines child abuse and neglect, and provides contact details for the reporting authority in each state and territory.
  • CFCA Resource Sheet – July 2019 - Australian legal definitions: When is a child in need of protection?
    This resource sheet provides information for practitioners and researchers on legal definitions of when a child is in need of protection for each Australian jurisdiction.
  • CFCA Resource Sheet – November 2019 - LGBTIQA+ communities: Glossary of common terms
    This resource sheet provides a glossary of terms for practitioners and service providers associated with the lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender, gender diverse, intersex, queer, asexual and questioning (LGBTIQA+) communities to help them to better understand the terminology and to use inclusive language in service provision.

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