Australian Institute of Family Studies

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over-represented in child protection and out-of-home care services compared to other children and have been since the first data collation in 1990. In […]

Authors: Libesman, Terri

This paper provides a review of child welfare legislation and services delivered to Indigenous communities in Canada, the United States, New Zealand and Australia. While some of the issues and […]

Authors: Higgins, Daryl J

This paper examines child abuse and neglect in Indigenous communities from a societal perspective, applying a community development framework to understand effective strategies for reducing risks and enhancing children’s safety […]

Authors: Tomison, Adam M

The aim of this report is to provide an overview of current issues for Australian child protection systems, and in particular to inform the child protection review being undertaken in […]

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people are vastly over-represented in the Australian juvenile and criminal justice systems, with a high cost through exposure to the harsh prison environment, marginalisation, and […]

Changes to the Australian family law system in 2006 were designed to reduce separations, encourage greater involvement by both parents in children’s lives, protect children from violence and abuse, reduce […]

Publishers: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare; Australian Institute of Family Studies, Resource Sheet, 37

Research in Australia as in other colonised societies has linked a collapse of traditional Indigenous institutions and roles to contemporary patterns of destructive behaviour, such as heavy alcohol consumption by […]

Publishers: Australian Institute of Family Studies, Child Family Community Australia, 29

This is a useful introductory resource highlighting the need for a government policy response to Fetal alcohol spectrum disorder (FASD). FASD may be more prevalent in indigenous communities due to […]

Despite the multiple policy and practice reforms that were initiated after the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody, over-representation of Indigenous young people in the juvenile criminal justice system […]

Authors: Ware, Vicki-Ann

Research has shown that mentoring can have powerful and lasting positive impacts on the behavioural, academic and vocational outcomes of at-risk youth. This resource sheet examines the evidence on the […]