"Mother claims complaints about foster carer were ignored"
Category: Foster Care
Created: Wednesday, 22 January 2014 23:30
Written by Giselle Wakatama - ABC
The mother of three children allegedly abused by their foster carer near Newcastle says her repeated complaints to welfare officials about their care were ignored.
The 47-year-old foste r carer is charged with three counts of assault, as well as possessing a gun and drugs.
Police documents tendered in court this week allege the woman acted deliberately and frequently "whacked" the children with a stick, egg flip and belt, and put socks in their mouths while they were hit.
Police say all three had bruises, with doctors unable to count them all on one child.
The children's mother has told the ABC she had domestic violence issues when her children were taken.
She says she complained to welfare officials after several access visits with them.
"I tried to tell them months ago that my kids, on my visits, were telling me they were getting abused," she said.
But she doubts welfare officials took her complaints about the woman seriously.
"I'd spoken to DoCS previously about what my children were saying to me when I had visits with them," she said.
"Should child neglect and abuse be a criminal offence?"
Category: Foster Care
Created: Friday, 29 January 2016 19:52
Written by LY Lawyers
Should it be an Criminal Offence for parents and carers who emotionally abuse and neglect their children?
We’ve seen some terrible examples of child neglect and abuse in the Media recently.
According to the Australian Institute of Family Studies, there were 54,438 substantiations of abuse in Australia in 2013-2014. Of that, 26,215 were in NSW.
However, these numbers are considered to be a “conservative estimate” (Bromfield & Higgins, 2004) due to the under reporting caused by things such as: the private nature of child abuse and neglect, the difficulty in children disclosing the abuse, as well as lack of evidence. Actual cases of child abuse and neglect may be significantly higher.
Broken down, the number of emotional abuse (39%) and neglect (28%) make over 67 % of all the substantiations recorded in that period.