The Brotherhood's Social Barometer: monitoring children's chances

24 November 2005

By Rosanna Scutella and Paul Smyth, 2005

In this first issue of the Social Barometer series, the Brotherhood of St Laurence seeks to add to the literature highlighting the disadvantages facing some of Australia’s children.


The Social Barometer: children’s chances presents indicators of children’s capabilities and childhood disadvantage.

Each of the six dimensions reflects basic capabilities that every child should be free to develop, including the capability to have good health, to read and write, to control one’s thoughts and emotions, to be free from violence and abuse, and to have access to an adequate level of economic resources.

Downlaod report » (38 pages, PDF, 184 KB)

Social Barometer children overview (PDF, 131 KB) is also available.

The Brotherhood of St Laurence (BSL) acknowledges and understands its obligations under the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child and recognises that all children and young people have the right to be treated with respect and care, and to be safe from all forms of abuse. BSL has a zero tolerance towards child abuse.
Read the official statement signed by the Executive Director.

The Brotherhood recognises the harm that family violence causes and that freedom from violence is a basic human right.
We will support our staff, volunteers, clients and the community if they experience violence.

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The Brotherhood of St Laurence acknowledges and recognises the Traditional Owners of the land upon which we live and work, and we pay our respects to their Elders both past and present.

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