Children and Young People at Risk

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  • Children and Young People at Risk
  • Volume 323
  • Editor: Justin Healey
  • E-book ISBN: 978 1 921507 39 7
  • Year: 2011
  • E-book: $28.00


Many Australian children and young people are at significant risk of abuse and neglect. The reported prevalence of child maltreatment (neglect, and physical, emotional and sexual abuse) is at alarming levels. Vulnerable families require intensive support from an overburdened system struggling to respond to mandatory reporting requirements. When is a child in need of protection and when do ‘abusive and neglectful behaviours’ become ‘abuse’ and ‘neglect’? There is a range of factors that expose children and young people to greater risk of disadvantage, including family stressors like financial stress, domestic violence, social isolation, mental health and substance abuse. Who is at risk, and what is happening to children being removed from their families into out-of-home care? What assistance is available to vulnerable families experiencing abuse and neglect?

Chapter 1: Understanding child abuse and neglect

Chapter 2: Child protection

Worksheets and activities; Glossary; Fast facts; Web links; Index