Social welfare dependency and receipt of welfare benefits following child abuse and neglect: a South Australian linked data study

Chief Investigator:

Emmanuel Gnanamanickam (Early Career Researcher)

Research Area:

Improving child protection and its effects.
Community-based study

Funding Amount:



University of South Australia


Early-life adverse experiences, of which child maltreatment (CM) is one of the most profound, strongly influence life-time mental and physical health and social outcomes. We propose to carry out the first ever assessment of welfare dependency outcomes following CM in Australia. By highlighting the burden of failing to prevent and protect South Australian children from maltreatment, this study will provide strong impetus to invest in preventive interventions. Creating the political will to shift resources towards prevention is critical if action to protect children is to occur and better health, well being and social and economic participation are to be realised.

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