What is the size of the problem of child abuse?
Child abuse is one of the most critical social issues facing Australia today. According to the latest figures from the Australian Institute for Health and Welfare (AIHW, 2008), the problem of child abuse in Australia is becoming more serious.
In 2006-2007, there were 309 517 reports of child abuse and neglect received across Australia. This equates to 850 new reports of child abuse per day.
Over the past seven years, the number of reported cases of child abuse and neglect has almost tripled in Australia. In 1999-2000, there were 107 134 reports.
Last year, there were more children living away from their family for their own protection than ever before. The number of children in care has more than doubled from 13 979 in 1996 to 28 441 in 2007.
The picture painted by these statistics is one of stolen childhoods disrupted by pain, trauma and betrayal.
from the Australian Childhood Foundation website http://www.stopchildabusenow.com.au/