The institutionalised abuse of children in Australia: past and present

Hawkins, Russell M.F., and Briggs, Freda (1997) The institutionalised abuse of children in Australia: past and present. Early Child Development and Care, 133. pp. 41-55.

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Institutionalised forms of child abuse have been committed by both government and non‐government authorities including the police force, social service departments, the diplomatic service, schools and pre‐schools, the judicial system and the church. This paper examines Australian examples and shows that leadership may mitigate or amplify abuse by authority. The precedence of the rights of adults over the rights of children is also viewed as a factor in child abuse. The recent creation in Australia, of another authority ‐‐ a 'Commissioner for Children' ‐‐ may go some way towards rectifying this imbalance of rights.

Item ID: 50078
Item Type: Article (Research - C1)
ISSN: 1476-8275
Keywords: institutional abuse, paedophiles, child abuse, Australia
Date Deposited: 05 Sep 2017 02:04
FoR Codes: 17 PSYCHOLOGY AND COGNITIVE SCIENCES > 1701 Psychology > 170106 Health, Clinical and Counselling Psychology @ 100%
SEO Codes: 92 HEALTH > 9204 Public Health (excl. Specific Population Health) > 920410 Mental Health @ 100%
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