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It is a crime to discipline or punish a child (in a non-trivial way), but hitting a child around the head or neck and / or using a stick, belt or other object. Physical abuse is when a child sustains physical injuries or a pattern of injuries through non-accidental actions caused by the parent or carer. Injuries include bruising, lacerations or welts, burns, fractures or dislocation of joints. Physical abuse includes (but is not limited to):
- Cigarette or other burns
- Deprive breathing through attempted drowning or strangulation
- Female genital mutilation
- Severe beatings
- Shaking a child
- Throwing a child
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Acknowledgement of Country
In the spirit of reconciliation Children's Guide acknowledges the Traditional Custodians of country throughout Australia and their connections to land, waters and community. We pay our respect to Elders past and present and extend that respect to all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples today.