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Submission to the Committee on Children and Young People

Women’s Safety NSW is pleased to submit a submission into the inquiry into the Child Protection and Social Services System.

There is growing evidence of the extent to which children are exposed to domestic and family violence in Australia and the effects this has on their development. Many children have witnessed violence, with 68% of women who had experienced violence from a previous partner indicating that the children in their care had witnessed this violence (Australian Institute of Health and Welfare 2019). Exposure to domestic and family violence can have serious and prolonged negative consequences for children and young people including psychological, behavioural, health and socioeconomic impacts. Women’s Safety NSW provides an extensive list of recommendations to the Child Protection and Social Services System to promote the wellbeing of women and children experiencing domestic and family violence.