Nadine Garner, ambassador
Child abuse and neglect is one of Australia’s darkest social stories. The most recent figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare tell us that in 2013 - 2014 there were 304,097 new reports of abuse and neglect across Australia, which equates to one report every two minutes.
Child abuse and neglect are complex problems. There is no one single cause. Different forms of child abuse are caused by different factors or different combinations of factors. Some of the factors which can lead to child abuse are described below. At the core of all forms of child abuse is a lack of basic respect for children.
The effects of child abuse and neglect are not always easy to identify and people who abuse can go to great lengths to hide it.
When we talk about the issue of child abuse, we need to always remember to listen to the most important voices of all; those of the children themselves.
Knowledge and understanding about abuse are important tools when it comes to keeping children safe. How much do you know about this critical social issue? See if you can separate the myths from the realities listed below.
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