Another Reason to Reform Child Protection Services

Expert research shows that in addition to the tragic human cost of child abuse there are lasting health effects for victims and substantial very long-term financial costs for the public health system. Outcomes for victims with combined physical and sexual child abuse are the worst; annual healthcare costs are six times higher for combined abuse victims compared to people who were not abused at all. And the probability of alcohol abuse in men is up to 49.8 per cent higher. There are calls now for urgent reforms for child protection services and for the treatment of survivors.

About Peter Kelso


I am a solicitor of the Supreme Court of New South Wales. I have been admitted to practice since 1984. I am the principal and founder of Kelso Lawyers which has operated in Newcastle since 1986.

I have been an advocate for compensation for victims of abuse since the commencement of the Victims Compensation Tribunal in New South Wales in 1988. I conduct the largest victims practice in New South Wales. I have a high level of engagement with numerous NGOs such as woman’s refuges, sexual assault services, community organisations and healing centres.

On 31 October 2012 I was a finalist for the Justice Medal, presented by the Law and Justice Foundation of New South Wales.


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