Young parents and child protection: the intergenerational story

Chief Investigator:

Dr Catherine Chittleborough

Research Area:

Improving child protection and its effects.
Community-based Study

Funding Amount:



The University of Adelaide


On 31st December 2018 there were 3,515 children in out of home care (OOHC) in South Australia. There is a widely acknowledged need to stem the flow of children entering OOHC. The potential for prevention is high. Our research has shown that while only 6% of all young parents had a child enter OOHC, 58% of all children in OOHC were born to a young parent. This project will investigate the intergenerational child protection experiences of young parents, to understand the prevention potential of breaking this cycle on risk of entering OOHC.

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