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More research needed into child protection workers facing occupational violence

Child Family Community Australia (CFCA) released a short article on child protection workers facing occupational violence, concluding that the voice of frontline child protection workers is largely missing from discussions of challenges within the child protection system and more research is needed to understand the frequency and types of violence involved and the full extent of impacts on workers and children. Among the sparse literature, the article cites an Australian study into those working with children across many sectors, in which 91% of respondents had experienced intimidating behaviour and 72% had been threatened with violence. The CFCA paper Caring for our frontline child protection workforce explores some of the organisational strategies that can support the wellbeing of frontline workers, including the need to foster a positive psychosocial safety climate so that workers are adequately supported when faced with incidents of occupational violence.

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