Number of children needing child protection services rose 12 per cent in last 5 years

Approximately 170,200 young Australians needed help from child protection services in 2018–19, a new report from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW) has revealed, also noting that in the five-year period from 2014–15, the number of children receiving child protection services rose by about 12 per cent from 152,000 to 170,200, or around 30 per 1,000 children.

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by Freya Lucas

‘Stupid coronavirus!’ In uncertain times, we can help children through mindfulness and play

“Stupid coronavirus!” I heard my six-year-old mumble while talking in her sleep.

1 day ago

by Ben Deery, University of Melbourne

Using evidence to help build and evaluate good ideas in education technology

As researchers, we care that our educational systems improve, support all learners, and are grounded solidly in research evidence. But how do we work with stakeholders like educational technology startups to support effective use of that evidence? Researchers and practitioners worry about this, because we care about evaluating and scaling good ideas. By ‘scaling’ we mean adjusting and improving good ideas as they are rolled out and used.

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by By Simon Knight, Anissa Moeini and Alison Clark-Wilson

Baby steps: this ancient skull is helping us trace the path that led to modern childhood

Within our extended primate family consisting of lemurs, monkeys, and apes, humans have the largest brains. Our closest living relatives, chimpanzees, weigh about two-thirds as much as us, yet our brains are about 3.5 times larger.

5 days ago

by Tanya M. Smith, Griffith University; Philipp Gunz, and Zeray Alemseged, University of Chicago

More than just skin deep – childhood racial discrimination affects health later in life

Children who experience racial discrimination show higher risk markers for later cardiometabolic disease, including diabetes, heart disease or stroke, according to new research from Murdoch Children’s Research Institute (MCRI) and The Australian National University (ANU).

7 days ago

by Freya Lucas