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Understanding Child Maltreatment Across Ethnic Minority Communities in Australia: Physical Abuse, Neglect, Witnessing Domestic and Family Violence and Child Sexual Abuse

Understanding Child Maltreatment Across Ethnic Minority Communities in Australia: Physical Abuse, Neglect, Witnessing Domestic and Family Violence and Child Sexual Abuse

Child maltreatment occurs across all cultures and there is a growing need for the Australian Child Protection System to recognise and respond to migrant and refugee communities in a culturally responsive manner. It is imperative for practitioners to become culturally sensitive and recognise the complex interactions of: race, ethnicity, social class, patriarchy, religion,immigration status and linguistic diversity and how this impacts on ethnic minority families who come to the attention of child protection system. This presentation will provide an overview and ethnic case studies in understanding child maltreatment across migrant and refugee communities. It will also provide a framework for practitioners to support ethnic minority families across the continuum from early intervention strategies for example the ‘Parenting in a new culture’ program, culturally responsive child protection practice and supporting cultural identity of  children and young people from diverse backgrounds in Out of Home Care placements.

Speakers: Jatinder Kaur