This month has seen media focus remain on the upcoming Royal Commission following release of the Terms of Reference and announcement of the commissioners.
Children's Court processes have also been criticised, with calls made for drastic and urgent reforms.
Evidence given in the Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry into Sexual Abuse of Children has continued to be reported, while domestic violence and foster care stories have again been published – albeit in small numbers.
Below are examples of noteworthy reporting of issues facing our sector during January 2013.
The Australian – Abusers 'must pay for inquiry's costs' (10/1/2013)
The Australian – Sex abuse inquiry to cost $100m (14/1/2013)
The Australian – No hiding behind payouts for abuse: inquiry chief (17/1/2013)
The Australian – Bishop 'sat on' claims of priest abuse (17/1/2013)
The Age – The truth about sex abuse (31/1/2013)
Victorian Parliamentary Inquiry
The Australian – Crisis call for children's court reform (9/1/2013)
Monash Weekly – Nurturing love, affection (14/1/2013)