Disturbing new figures launched by one state have make clear the variety of kids killed by mother and father or carers over the previous 16 years.
Harrowing figures from the Queensland authorities have revealed 109 kids have been killed by a mother or father or carer over the previous 16 years – with 75 per cent of victims youthful than 5.
New analysis by the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has make clear the warning indicators that would result in a mother or father or carer killing their youngster, an act referred to as filicide.
Family violence, alcohol and substance abuse have been recognized as key threat components, QFCC principal commissioner Luke Twyford stated.
University of Queensland researchers analysed QFCC youngster dying knowledge between 2004 and 2020 to achieve their conclusions.
Mr Twyford stated between 2004 and 2020, 109 kids have been killed by a mother or father or carer.
That roughly equates to nearly seven kids being killed every year.
Disturbingly, Mr Twyford stated publicity to home or household violence and alcohol and substance abuse appeared in nearly half of the filicides examined by researchers.
“Parents’ separation was also identified as a key risk factor, particularly when a filicide event was perpetrated by a father motivated by anger towards their former partner,” he stated.
“The research highlighted an increasing risk to a child when a parent makes a threat to kill, regardless of whether any other risk factors are present, indicating that every threat must always be taken seriously and investigated.
“While the presence of these factors does not mean a filicide event is inevitable, this research reinforces that risk factors can’t be ignored when considering the safety of a child.”
In their remaining report, the QFCC recognized fathers have been liable for 34 of those filicide occasions.
Mothers have been liable for 28 of those occasions whereas solely three filicides concerned each mother and father.
“The death of any child is a tragedy, but when it happens at the hands of a parent or carer, it is particularly shocking and leaves us wondering how warning signs were missed,” Mr Twyford stated.
Mr Twyford stated extra analysis was wanted to higher perceive the phenomena of filicides and assist authorities “find the opportunities that will help us save a child from death”.