AIFS is a charity that promotes research and educational opportunities to address the root causes of child and family abuse.
The Government announced a $4.4 million investment from a consortium of investors earlier this year.
The investment will support research into the causes and treatments of child abuse and will help AIFSS achieve its mission of promoting positive relationships between families and children.AIFSS President Dr Mary Anne Fenton said the investment was a major boost for the organisation.
“The funding will be a key part of our ongoing work in addressing the root cause of child sexual abuse,” she said.
“Our work focuses on improving the health and wellbeing of vulnerable young people, and has been supported by funding from the Government and the Commonwealth.”
Dr Fenton added the investment would support AIFSD research into “the most common and most devastating childhood adversities and how they can be overcome.”
She said AIFSC’s research on abuse and trauma would also be a major focus.
“We will be able to use our research, together with other research and social service providers, to address issues that are very common in our community,” she explained.
“These include issues of family violence, child sexual exploitation and child sexual and physical abuse, neglect, child and young person wellbeing, and access to education.”
The Government said it would “support” AIFSF by making further investments in education, research and services in Australia.
The Minister for Social Services and Community Services, Kevin Andrews, has also announced a funding increase for AIFSA and the Family Violence Intervention Services Authority.
This includes a $2.3 million grant for AIFFS to “support the development of new research on family violence and its underlying causes”.
The grant will be used to develop a new research project on family and community violence.
“This is part of the Government’s commitment to improving the wellbeing of children and families, including in AIFsa, by developing and supporting a comprehensive research programme on family, child, family violence interventions and families,” Mr Andrews said in a statement.