Child protection Australia 2016-17 report

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Child protection Australia 2016-17. The report includes detailed statistical information on state and territory child protection and support services, and selected characteristics of children receiving these services.

During 2016–17, 168,352 (30.8 per 1,000) Australian children received child protection services (investigation, care and protection order and/or were in out-of-home care). Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were 7 times as likely as non-Indigenous children to have received child protection services. This report also showed that children from geographically remote areas were more likely to be the subject of a substantiation, or be in out-of-home care than those from major cities.

To download the report, follow this link.

National Child & Youth Report Card: ARACY

On Sunday 25 February the Australian Research Alliance for Children and Youth (ARACY) released its 2018 Report Card: The wellbeing of young Australians which uses the latest information available to track how young Australians are faring in international comparisons against 75 indicators of health and wellbeing.

The ARACY 2018 Report Card uses the latest available data from a range of sources to describe and illustrate Australia’s performance across a number of health and wellbeing indicators.

Where possible the Report Card includes comparisons using similar indicators for the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander population alongside international OECD data.

The Report Card is based on The Nest an evidence-based policy framework outlining priorities for investment in six areas which must be properly met for a young person to have wellbeing:

  • Loved and Safe
  • Healthy
  • Material Basics
  • Learning
  • Participating
  • Positive Sense of Identity and Culture

 

Counting On Change-A Guide To Prevention Monitoring

Counting on change provides guidance on how to comprehensively measure progress towards the prevention of violence against women at the population level.

The guide is a world-first in identifying indicators of change for the drivers and reinforcing factors of violence against women, and advising on available data sets and processes for gathering this information into a ‘picture of progress’. 

Mental Health is the Number One Issue for Young People

Mission Australia’s Annual Youth Survey has highlighted that Mental Health is now the biggest issue facing young people today. The number of respondents who feel mental health is the biggest issue facing young people has tripled since 2011. Read the report here.

It’s a must have resource for anyone working with young people.

Youth Detention Rates Stable Over Past Four Years

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has released Youth detention population in Australia 2017. The bulletin looks at the numbers and rates of young people aged 10 and over who were in youth detention in Australia due to their involvement, or alleged involvement, in crime. The report examines trends over the 4-year period from the June quarter 2013 to the June quarter 2017.

Read the full report here.

Highlights from the 2017 Mission Australia Youth Survey

In, 2017 for the first time in the survey’s history young people identified mental health as the most important issue in Australia today. Concerns about mental health have doubled since 2015 and tripled since 2011. Other top issues of national concern included alcohol and drugs and equality and discrimination.