Written by Christoper Booker via SaveYourChildren.in
Since the 1980s, Britain has been at the cutting edge of experiments with child protection laws – it was one of the first countries to introduce public-private partnerships in child protection, and today its child protection system is heavily commercialised.
Britain has also been a leading proponent of “forced adoption” which is the adoption of children to non-related third parties even when they have parents or other family willing, indeed begging, to raise them. Britain is also the first country to propose a law against unloving parents – a Bill, popularly called “Cinderella’s Law”, was introduced in the British Parliament about two years ago that would make parents criminally liable for such things as ignoring a child, making it feel unloved and comparison with siblings. Many questionable theories of medical diagnosis of abuse, such as Munchausen’s Syndrome by Proxy, where children falling ill repeatedly for no apparent reason, are diagnosed as “abused” by their parents, or “Non-Accidental Injury”, where parents are blamed for unexplained injuries or deaths of their infants, have either originated in Britain or found wider acceptance there than in any other developed country. In this essay, the well-known English journalist Christopher Booker surveys the dark consequences of these experiments with child protection. India, as a country that is in the process of implementing a Western-inspired child protection programme, has much to learn about the dangers of this system. A version of this article was originally published on 2 December 2017 by the Sunday Guardian under the heading Corrupt practices disguised as child-welfare campaigns as part of our weekly series called Global Child Rights and Wrongs.
Written by Australian Institute of Family Services
This paper provides a brief history of developments in child protection services in Australia and internationally.
Social and political interest in the protection of children from abuse or neglect at the hands of caregivers is a relatively recent phenomenon. Since the early colonial days in Australia, there have been some forms of protection for children. Abused and abandoned children were either boarded out to approved families or placed in orphanages run by voluntary organisations (Tomison, 2001).
Written by Hon EP Mullighan - Children in State Care - Commission of Inquiry
The Government has placed children in State care into foster care since the 19th century. Children were boarded out, as the foster care system was known originally, with families from the early 1850s under arrangements made by the Destitute Board.1 In the 1860s a group of concerned citizens began to lobby for children to be placed in family homes rather than institutions.2 This campaign led to the formation of the Boarding-out Society in 1872 ‘for the supervision of the children when placed out’.3