Articles about “Child Abuse”

Abuse and harm - legal and practice definitions

For Workers

This Advice provides information for Child Protection practitioners on the legal and practice definitions associated with 'children in need of protection' due to harm from abuse or neglect, and includes a definition of 'significant harm'.

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Access issues regarding abusers and victims

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Workers

In some instances, situations arise where an alleged perpetrator gains access to their child or adolescent victim. Another situation may involve being around an adult survivor of his childhood victimisation.

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Angela Taylor child protection unit

This Unit provides medicals, counselling and treatment to child victims of physical and sexual abuse and is one of only two such units servicing Victoria.

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Child development and trauma guide

For Teachers

This guide has been prepared because of the importance of professionals in the Family Services, Child Protection and Placement and Support areas understanding the typical developmental pathways of children and the typical indicators of trauma at differing ages and stages.

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Child physical abuse: Understanding and responding

For Students, Teachers, Workers

This booklet has been developed for professionals whose work brings them into contact with children and who are required by law to report child physical abuse. It contains information concerning: Definitions; Indicators; Effects; Legislation; How to report child physical abuse; and how to help and protect children who have been...

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Child sexual development

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

An exploration of what are the customary stages of sex play and what behaviuors are of concern.

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Children and trauma

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers, Young People

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Coping with disaster and trauma: children’s reactions

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

Children may experience psychological reactions to a traumatic incident. They react to frightening events in many different ways and there is no typical or “normal” reaction. Younger children in particular may find it very hard to understand what has happened to them, their parents or siblings.

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Defining and identifying child abuse

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet examines how to identify child abuse including indicators of harm, consequences of harm and how to act upon child abuse concerns.

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For foster carers

For Family & Friends, Workers

What to do if your foster child discloses sexual abuse

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For friends

For Family & Friends, Students, Young People

Information for people whose friends have been sexually assaulted.

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For grandparents

For Family & Friends

As a Grandparent, there are many issues that must be faced when your child has sexually assaulted a grandchild.

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For parents

For Family & Friends

A booklet for parents of children who have been sexually assaulted. It contains information on issues for non-offending parents.

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Going to court

For Family & Friends, Female Survivors, Male Survivors, Workers, Young People

In Victoria, all criminal cases against adults begin in the Magistrates’ Court. Most criminal cases against people aged over 10 and under 18 at the time of the offence are dealt with by the Children’s Court.  The following pages contain information for victim/survivors about these courts.

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Helping the child victim of sexual assault

For Family & Friends, Teachers

A fact sheet about how to help a child victim of sexual assault.

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How do I explain to others

For Family & Friends

There will be people who will be curious to know what has happened to your child and want to know why changes have occurred recently in your family.

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If you think a child is being sexually assaulted

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

In 85% of child sexual assault cases, the child knows the perpetrator. Most child sexual assault takes place in the home of the child. (NSW Commission for Children and Young People, 2009).

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Mother/daughter rape

For Female Survivors, Students, Workers

This Chapter appeared in Womens encounters with violence: Australian experiences. Edited by Sandy Cook and Judith Bessant, 1997. Sage Publications. This work is reproduced here for the purposes of the SECASA website only. No unauthorised copying is permitted without the permission of the Author.

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Providing support to vulnerable children and families

For Teachers

This guide is for registered school teachers or principals in Victoria, about their role in ensuring that vulnerable children are protected and supported.

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Recognising abuse and neglect

For Family & Friends, Teachers, Workers

This booklet lists the indicators of child physical abuse, emtional abuse and neglect. Singly and more often in combination they can alert us to the possibility of sexual abuse and the need for further investigation.

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