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Queensland's billion-dollar child safety bill

The Queensland government spent more than $1 billion last year to save children from neglect and abuse.

But almost 6000 youth aged up to 17 years of age were still sadly the subject of substantiated complaints to Child Safety in 2017-18.

Woman jailed for brutally assaulting foster child after appearing in Parkes District Court

A 31-year-old Parkes woman was sentenced to seven years’ jail today in Parkes District Court after assaulting a five-year-old foster child in her care.

Brooke Roberts of Middleton Street, appeared before Judge Stephen Hanley on the charge of reckless grievous bodily harm, an offence that carries a maximum sentence of ten years.

Kids in NT care subject to abuse

SEVENTY Northern Territory kids who had been removed from their families and placed in out-of-home care were subjected to harm or exploitation last year.

The NT Children’s Commissioner’s annual report shows there were 81 cases in 2015-16 in which children in out-of-home care were harmed.

Of those cases, 10 children were the subject of multiple cases of abuse.

Parents stunned by news of inquiry into baby’s death while in care

Paul Jean holds his daughter, Dani Isabella Jean, shortly before she died on May 4, 2013. She was found tangled in her foster mother's bed sheets. EDMONTON - Paul Jean believed for more than a year that his six-week-old daughter had died in foster care from Sudden Infant Death Syndrome.

Children sue Victoria Department of Human Services for failing to stop brutal beatings by stepdad

TWO children who suffered abuse at the hands of their stepfather are suing the Department of Human Services for failing to protect them.

The pair was subjected to almost daily beatings over 16 months.

Teachers kept a log of the children's injuries and made numerous reports to DHS.

But despite six trips to hospital, the children were not rescued until 2008 when X-rays showed multiple fractures in both.

Northern Territory foster kids placed with 'cruel' carer despite 10 investigations into her suitability, report reveals

5799844-3x2-460x307.jpgFoster children told child protection workers the carer was "cruel"

A Territory Families-approved carer accused of making a foster child drink sour milk "as a form of punishment" was allowed to continue in the role despite 10 investigations into her suitability, a report by the Children's Commissioner has revealed.

I'm innocent': Perth mother separated from children for crime she didn't commit

Mother fighting to get children back after wrongful conviction.

A Perth mother is fighting to regain custody of her four children, after she was wrongfully convicted of a serious assault against one of them.  The 28-year-old, who can’t be named for legal reasons, pleaded guilty to assaulting her 16 month old daughter in 2010.

She claims that despite her innocence, her lawyer advised her to confess to the crime.  “I was told if I didn't, I would probably never see my kids again and that I would probably go to jail for a very long time,” she said.

“I didn’t know what to do, I was 20.”

Couple awarded $50k to sue NSW DOCS

SELF-DESCRIBED hippies from northern NSW are suing the state's Department of Community Services for removing their two healthy children from their care without a good reason.
The couple - who cannot be named despite wanting to tell their story and not being guilty of any offence - were last week awarded legal costs, believed to exceed $50,000, for the fight to have their children returned.

They could not afford a lawyer so represented themselves in court. The mother told The Australian that the money would be used to pursue DOCS further. A judge has found their children were taken for no good reason, in an apparent abuse of power by welfare workers.

Australia branded ‘child-stealing capital of the Western world’

Australian children are removed from their families more often than anywhere in the Western world, nearly twice as often as in the US and almost three times the rate in New Zealand, a parlia­mentary inquiry into child welfare has heard.

There is also “a culture of removal and a culture of victim blaming”.

Mary Moore, convener of the volunteer Alliance for Family Preservation and Restoration, told the NSW parliamentary committee yesterday that children were being taken into care based on the opinion of case workers where no harm had occurred “but because they have concerns the child might suffer harm in the future, and they’re then in care until age 18”.

NSW Parents sue for $18m after babies taken

There are concerns some babies are taken too hastily.

Figures released by the New South Wales Government show the number of babies taken from mothers by the Department of Community Services (DoCS) is on the rise.

In NSW, there has been a staggering 70 per cent rise in baby removals from maternity wards.

In 2007, 215 babies were taken by DoCS. In 2009, 363 babies were taken.

Sometimes it is justified, but there are concerns some babies are taken too hastily.

Hunter New England FACS office fails to meet Children's Guardian accreditation standards for out of home care

Six months: Hunter New England FACS office has an extended deadline to meet Children's Guardian accreditation standards or it will be stripped of its authority to oversee children in out of home care.

Six months: Hunter New England FACS office has an extended deadline to meet Children's Guardian accreditation standards or it will be stripped of its authority to oversee children in out of home care.THE Hunter’s Family and Community Services (FACS) office could be stripped of its authority to oversee out of home care for at-risk children after failing to meet accreditation requirements.

The Hunter New England FACS district has been given a “six month lifeline” to meet the Office of Children’s Guardian standards or have its accreditation withdrawn.