New child abuse claims about former Families SA staff

New abuse allegations have emerged from the former disgraced Families SA, including claims children in residential care were asked to film sexual activity between peers and staff, and told to have an abortion because of their race.

The allegations are revealed in a report published by Guardian for Children and Young People Penny Wright following interviews her office conducted between 2017 and 2019 with children and young people in state residential care.

According to the report, one young person said she was subjected to “significant and consistent threats to safety by residential care workers, particularly with regard to sexual safety” sometime between 2006 and 2016 when Families SA was the authority in charge of child protection in the state.

“This young person described several incidents of being sexually threatened by workers, including one worker saying he would like to get into bed with her,” the report states.

Abusers Organisation:: Families SA
Type of Abuse:: Sexual

Siblings' sexual abuse highlights flaws in 'negligent' Victorian state care

Young children in state care being sexually and physically abused by other children.

Young children taken from their parents and placed in Victorian residential care were subjected to horrifying sexual and physical abuse by other children, despite being in the care of workers contracted by the Department of Human Services.

Children were sexually abused in a care home due to negligence by Anglicare, says the Victorian Government

Anglicare 'negligent' in treatment of children at residential care facilityThe Victorian Government says Anglicare was negligent in its treatment of children abused in its facilities.

Anglicare was negligent in its treatment of children at a residential care facility where sexual and physical abuse were rife, according to the Victorian Government.

The ABC reported last night that children in the care of the Department of Human Services were subjected to horrifying sexual and physical abuse by older children at Victorian residential care facilities.

Child abuse report calls for overhaul of residential care system

Residential care photo from Commission

The report found many children suffered abuse and trauma, with this note written by a child about resi (residential care).

A Victorian report into the sexual exploitation of children in state care has called for substantial changes to the residential care system and the handling of such exploitation of vulnerable children.

The report, by the Commission for Children and Young People, was triggered by the dawning realisation that children in the state's residential care system, which houses many children with a history of abuse and trauma, were suffering sexual abuse at the hands of other children and predators from outside the system.

Residential care survivor calls for more support for children to stay with family

 Dan Freeman and his mumAfter living in foster care, residential care and being homeless, Dan Freeman is now back living with family. 

Dan Freeman is happy that he's back living with his mum.

His life has been turbulent. He has lived in what he describes as "unsafe" residential care facilities, foster care, and has been homeless — living in his car between Morwell, Wonthaggi, and Frankston in Victoria's south-east.

"I've been in foster care since I was two. I've been sexually assaulted by workers, I've been bashed," he told ABC Gippsland.

Top disability services provider Lifestyle Solutions investigated over series of deaths

One of Australia's most high-profile providers of disability services, Lifestyle Solutions, is under review by both the Victorian Government and the NSW Ombudsman after a series of deaths of its clients and other alarming reports about the abuse and neglect of some disabled people in its care.

Key points:
Failings were identified after four patient deaths
In one incident, a woman who had her legs amputated was left alone overnight and had no way to seek help
Victorian Government cancelled contract with Lifestyle Solutions after complaints