Key findings from 2020
- rates of police recorded physical, sexual and online abuse offences against adolescents are higher than rates against younger children
- rates of adolescents in care are higher than rates for younger children, with the exception in some nations of infants under the age of one
- rates of adolescents subject to a child protection plan or on a child protection register are lower than rates for younger children
- many of the risk factors associated with abuse and neglect have been exacerbated by the coronavirus pandemic, while the support services that would traditionally identify and respond to these concerns have been unable to see many of the children and families they work with face-to-face.
The report also includes expert insight on adolescent brain development, harmful sexual behaviour, sexting, and the importance of relationship and sex education.