South Eastern Centre Against Sexual Assault & Family Violence

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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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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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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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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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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Responding to abuse: a matter of perspective

For Students, Workers

This article attempts to highlight how people accused of the abuse of children are able to sway public opinion, just as public opinion was swayed because of media coverage in these cases.

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Types of child abuse

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

Child abuse is an act by parents or caregivers which endangers a child or young person's physical or emotional health or development. Child abuse is not usually a single incident, but takes place over time.

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