The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 aims to achieve a substantial and sustained reduction in child abuse and neglect.
Following calls from NGOs, researchers and the public over many years for a national plan to tackle child abuse and neglect, in 2009 the Council of Australian Governments endorsed the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020.
It is based on a ‘public health’ model which seeks to place priority on having universal supports available for all families (for example, health and education) and more intensive (secondary) prevention interventions provided to those families that need additional assistance with a focus on early intervention, and tertiary child protection services as a last resort.
The Australian Government contributed over $60 million in the first four years of the National Framework. The NGO sector, through the Coalition, and State/Territory Governments provided, and continue to provide, substantial support and voluntary contributions.