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2. Explaining Child Protection in the South Australian context

In South Australia, the 2016 Child Protection System Royal Commission found that one in four children are reported to the Child Protection authorities by age ten (EIRD, 2019:2).

The prevalence of child protection is a national concern, with statutory systems across the country at crisis point.

Our role in Safer Family Services (SFS) is to stem the flow toward the statutory child protection system by preventing and reducing abuse and neglect and responding to children and their families earlier.

SFS will work closely, respectfully and with cultural humility with our children, families and other service partners, ensuring connectivity in service responses, when and where they are needed.

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