The Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW) last week released a report on Child Protection 2009 – 2010. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children remain over represented in all areas of the child protection system. The rate of substantiated notifications for child abuse or neglect is higher for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children (in 2009-2010).

  • Indigenous children were 7.7 times more likely than non-Indigenous children to be the subject of substantiation.
  • Across Australia the rate of Indigenous children on orders was nine times higher than that of non-Indigenous children.

AIHW report that the most common type of abuse was neglect. In Victoria, South Australia and Tasmania, the most common type of abuse for Indigenous children was emotional abuse. Sexual abuse is the least common type of abuse for Indigenous children across all jurisdictions. 

http://www.aihw.gov.au/mediacentre/2011/mr20110121.cfm

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