As an Englishman I had certainly heard of and watched Jimmy Savile – I was 20 years old when Jim’ll Fix It began to be shown on national TV so I used to watch that program with my children. Hearing the current revelations and police investigations into his behaviour is shocking. It is the realisation that someone you used to look up to and admire wasn’t the person you thought him to be. It also refocuses our mind on the ongoing issue of children and young people at risk. In Australia (2007-08) there were 195,387 notifications of an allegation of child abuse or neglect (children up to the age of 17). Of those notifications 93,384 resulted in investigations and 32,098 were substantiated. That equates to 6.5 substantiations per 1,000 children (source: Australian Institute of Health and Welfare Child Protection Data Collection)
Emotional Abuse – psychological and social aspects of child abuse is one of the main causes of harm to abused children.Neglect – not providing sufficient food, access to medical care, inadequate supervision, ensuring school attendance are examples of neglect.Physical Abuse – including domestic violenceSexual Abuse – when an adult engages a child in a sexual act or exposes them to inappropriate sexual behaviour or material.
The percentage of primary substantiations n Australia in 2008-09 were:
Emotional abuse – 39%Neglect – 29%Physical abuse – 22%Sexual abuse – 10%
One is too many.