The Issue

Child Abuse and Neglect in Australia

Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia’s biggest and most misunderstood social problems. Despite being under-reported, Australian authorities confirmed 42,457 children were abused or neglected in one year alone*.

That’s one child every 13 minutes suffering physical, sexual, emotional abuse or neglect, often by someone they know and should be able to trust; most often in their own home. Thousands more cases go unreported, and the number of children and young people in out-of-home care is increasing.

*Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, Child protection Australia 2014-15.

 

 

 

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Signs of child abuse and neglect

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What to do if you are concerned?

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Preventing Abuse and Neglect

Whether you are a parent, relative, teacher, nurse, friend or neighbour,
you can play a significant role in preventing child abuse and neglect.

Some simple but powerful things you can do

Support

If you’re a parent and need support there are a lot of services available to help with a variety of different issues, from budgeting to managing difficult behaviour. Many of these services are provided free of charge from organisations like Act for Kids.

Empathy

Sometimes parents just need to let out some of their stress and feelings, don’t judge them or interrupt, show genuine interest in how they feel. If you’re worried about them suggest they could also talk to their doctor, a counsellor or a parent helpline.

Listen

Take the time to listen to the kids you know, engage with them and build relationships. It’s important for kids to have several ‘safe’ people in their lives, not just their parents.

Connect

If you’re a parent, connect with the other parents you know through school or sport/hobby groups. They share the same challenges, offer support and don’t be afraid to ask for help.

Offer help

Offer help if you see parents struggling, it can make a big difference. You can also make some quick enquiries about free support in your local area, perhaps there’s a free class at the PCYC that you can suggest for your neighbour’s kids so they learn something new, burn some energy, make friends and their parents get a break.

Authorities

Local authorities can link families to support services to help them address any issues that might be causing stress and compromising the safety and wellbeing of their children. If you don’t speak up, who will? You can remain anonymous and you could be the person who makes a real difference to a child’s life.

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Our Services

Our specialist teams support children, young people and families
across the whole spectrum of child protection from community education programs
to tertiary services.

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Therapy Services

Enhancing the wellbeing of kids and young people who have experienced trauma or are at risk of harm.

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Family Intervention

Support for parents and family members who may be feeling overwhelmed or unable to cope.

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Education Services

Early education program for 2.5 - 5 years and a protective behaviours program for 5 - 7 years.

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Residential Services

Safe and culturally appropriate home environments for kids and young people within local communities.

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Referral

If you have any questions or would like to access our free counselling and support, please call us directly to discuss or make an appointment.

Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
mail@actforkids.com.au or call 1300 228 000

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Referral Services

If you have any questions or would like to access our free counselling and support, please call us directly to discuss or make an appointment.

Completed referral forms can be accessed from the services section on our website and email to
mail@actforkids.com.au or call 07 3850 3200

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