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Paramedics could sound early warnings of child abuse or neglect – but they need support and more training

Child abuse and neglect is, unfortunately, a far more common occurrence in Australia than many people realise.

In Australia in 2020–21 (the most recent figures available), there were more than half a million notifications to child protection services.

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Around 180,000 children and young people are receiving child protection support and 46,000 are in out-of-home care.

These figures are all on the rise.

Child maltreatment can be hidden.

Often children don’t know what they are experiencing is maltreatment, and they can find it hard to speak up.

People who notice something isn’t right may not know how to get support.

And those inflicting the…

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