The abuse of children is a blight on society. Recent revelations about the sexual abuse of children, even by some people or ministers/priests within the church, have highlighted the problem.
Child pornography is another blight - it abuses children. Diligence by police and authorities has led to arrests around the world.
As Christians, we must protect children from abuse. We condemn the abuse of children. In addition we must maintain the highest standards when investigating claims of abuse. Such claims need to be investigated impartially, and handed to police for thorough investigation. Cover-ups of alleged abuse of children - or of adults - is totally unacceptable.
Data on child abuse is collected by the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare, a federal government agency...
Abuse is listed under various categories - physical, sexual and emotional, as well as neglect.
The recent AIHW reports are listed below. New reports are usually released around the end of January each year. For previous editions, visit the publication list.
Child abuse data...
Child Protection Australia 2005 - 2006
The statistics show the various types of abuse - physical, emotional and sexual abuse and neglect, across all states and territories for the year 2005 - 2006.
Lone parent (mother, followed by father) families have the highest risk factor for abuse.
Child Protection Australia - 2006-2007
Child Protection Australia - 2008-2009
The report reveals that substantiated cases of child abuse are rising with a big increase in the Northern Territory.
Media reports - January 2010:
Kate Valentine from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare says Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to be over-represented in the child protection system. She says Indigenous children are eight times more likely to be placed on a protection order than their non-indigenous counterparts. They are also nine times more likely to be cared for by people outside their immediate family.
Child abuse on the rise
More children are being reported abused or neglected