Written by Di Farmer - The DIShonourable Minister for Child Safety Queensland
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence The Honourable Di Farmer
[This is the same woman who sat idly by as the Watter Twins were sent back to live with the man they identified as their rapist. The same woman who ignored the pleas and the testimony of Australia’s most prominent child sexual abuse expert, Professor Freda Briggs and blocked the emails of other advocates who were desperately trying to have the voices of two innocent children who were being regularly brutally assaulted in the “care” of their father - whom was awarded full-time custody of these kids after their continued disclosures of sexual assaults went unheard by all those tasked with protecting them from harm. And you really think this thing could actually accomplish any positive changes, when she couldn’t even protect two kids let alone ten thousand.]
Queensland’s child protection reform program is seeing results with the latest Report on Government Services (RoGs) showing encouraging signs that Queensland’s reforms are working.
THE number of beaten, sexually assaulted or at-risk children receiving intervention from Community Service caseworkers has dropped dramatically in the past year, official figures show.
A Community Services report stamped "Confidential - not for further distribution", leaked to The Sunday Telegraph, reveals the number of children at serious risk of harm who were visited by a caseworker dropped by 13 per cent in 2010.
It comes as a senior bureaucrat has authored a separate internal report which states caseworkers are not visiting children at risk of serious harm because of red tape and a fear of being blamed if the child is murdered.
Hi everyone, my name is Jess. I'm new here, and this is some of my story. I am one of the 500,000 lost, stolen or forgotten Australians thanks to DOCS.
I firmly believe it will be us, the adult survivors of the foster care system who will blow the lid off Pandora's box and all the evil and corruption they constantly cover up.
This is my purpose in life. I was quite literally born for this!
I was placed in a "private" foster care arrangement at 6 weeks old. My parents thought they were doing the right thing, my father passed when I was around one
To a woman my biological mother trusted. A "sweet" little old lady... an angel on paper who is really pure evil. A woman who positioned herself in society to have access to the most vulnerable children in the community, by running a non for profit "childcare" for underprivileged and migrant families through the local church.
Written by Katherine McFarlane Senior Lecturer in Justice Studies, Charles Sturt University via The Conversation
Last night’s Four Corners program presented evidence of widespread abuse and neglect suffered by children in the out-of-home care system. Sadly, it was an all too familiar story. The Australian care system has been subject to criticism for over a century.
Children described bullying, harassment and sexual abuse inflicted by other children who share their homes. Children also described adult men preying on and sexually exploiting girls in “resi” or residential care.
There were allegations of 12-year-olds being left without adequate clothing, stable accommodation or sufficient food, abandoned by the agencies that were supposed to care for them. Private, for-profit agencies were accused of financial mismanagement and rorting of taxpayer funds.
Some of the most horrific allegations didn’t make it to air, but were reserved for the digital broadcast available online immediately after the program. This included recent revelations of an alleged rape in New South Wales by UnitingCare staffers who had been entrusted with the care of 13-year-old “Girl X”. The girl died from a drug overdose just weeks before she was due to give evidence against her alleged attackers.
Written by Nell Musgrove - Senior Lecturer in History, Australian Catholic University and Diedre Michell - Senior Lecturer, University of Adelaide - via The Conversation
Prime Minister Scott Morrison’s national apology to the victims of child sexual abuse was a moment of reckoning for the government – an admission of the country’s failures to protect children from abuse in institutions ranging from churches and schools to orphanages and foster home.
We too often hear about child protection when there is a scandal or crisis. For young people who grow up in out-of-home care, however, we need to go beyond simply reacting to terrible incidents like these and focus more attention on whether our systems are delivering the outcomes they should on a daily basis and for the long-term benefit of young people.
Rectifying failures of the system time and again
A series of national inquiries has found that hundreds of thousands of children have suffered lifelong consequences due to the failures of the country’s child protection policies.
In Victoria, 35 young people aged 12-17 years ended their lives by suicide between 2007 and 2019 – all were entangled in the child protection system. This was the focus of a new report, “Lost, not forgotten”, released last week from the Victorian Commissioner for Children and Young People, which described how these children “experienced multiple and recurring forms of abuse”.
In their short lives, they were reported to child protection 229 times. For most of these children, including six who identified as Aboriginal, reporting began when they were three years old. Some 90% of these reports were ignored – closed at intake or investigation.
Sometimes families were offered community-based support through a voluntary program (called ChildFIRST). But according to the report, what the program offered was “inadequate to meet the complexity of issues identified” by families and, in many cases, ChildFIRST reported them back to child protection.
The commissioner describes this as a “referral roundabout”. While the report looked at Victoria only, these issues are nation-wide. And this isn’t just happening in Australia – a 2014 report in Canada showed a similar problem.
How is it possible child protection in two different jurisdictions have made the same mistakes?
My research shows these are not mistakes. The inaction these kids experience is a systematic ignoring, set up by the child protection model. And that’s why the commissioner’s recommendation to increase resources won’t fix it.
An outdated, reactive system
Child protection relies on community members and professionals (teachers, nurses) to identify and report safety issues for individual children.
While this may offer some benefit to some children, The World Health Organisation identifies how such case-by-case approaches have come “at the expense of efforts to prevent maltreatment occurring in the first place”.
Individualised approaches ignore the magnitude of the problem of child neglect and abuse, and fail to address the underlying causes and contributing factors.
By prioritising case-by-case reporting, investigation and substantiation, the system is resource-intensive and set up to only address the worst cases.
This approach was developed in the USA after Dr Henry Kempe’s landmark 1962 paper, The Battered-Child Syndrome. He and his colleagues used X-rays to visualise broken bones at different stages of healing in children to substantiate their abuse.
Within a decade, the investigation-substantiation model of child protection began in the USA, Canada and later in Australia, supported by the promise medical imaging could help substantiate child neglect and abuse.
But there are three faulty assumptions underpinning this model, which is still used in today’s child protection systems. These are that child neglect and abuse:
is rare and can be addressed one child at a time
if you look carefully enough you can see it
it can be addressed by identifying perpetrators and holding them accountable within the justice system.
Child protection is an outdated, reactive system. We, as a society and as researchers, now understand child neglect and abuse is a common, pervasive social problem.
We also agree neglect, emotional abuse, and exposure to domestic violence are also abuse and can be as harmful to children and young people as physical and sexual abuse. And we have learned visualising physical signs of abuse is complicated, often illusive and usually only possible in the most extreme cases, which are relatively rare.
Young families need more support
Individualised interventions set a severity threshold to justify child protection intervention. This means when a child’s situation is not good, but not yet bad enough, little is done until the violence escalates.
What’s more, justifying intervention is considered necessary because the home is a private domain, under the control of the head of the household.
In many of these cases, the situation for the child’s parents isn’t good either, but this is understood to be their own responsibility. When young parents live in poverty and struggle to provide basic needs for their family, the dominant view is they haven’t worked hard enough, or they’ve made bad life choices.
Yet, children from birth to five years old endure a disproportionate amount of poverty compared with any other age group. Young families consistently struggle with the lack of affordable childcare, social isolation, precarious employment and housing instability.
Most child neglect and abuse isn’t a just matter of poor parenting, it’s a matter of having poor parents.
Overhauling the system
Violence is connected with poor social position and power. Similar to how we’re beginning to understand domestic violence, the roots of child neglect and abuse can be traced to inequities such as socioeconomic disadvantage and “invisible” social and cultural norms that marginalise children and their mothers.
Addressing this means shifting tax structures and access to quality nationally funded childcare. It also includes disrupting dominant social beliefs that position children and their mothers with little power.
This includes, for instance, the pervasive belief that the family home is a man’s property, and he should hold power over and privacy within it. This belief underpins the practices of removing children if they are being abused, or encouraging mothers to leave.
Resisting this belief allows us to consider removing the perpetrator of abuse from the home instead of the child or mother.
A revision of child protection is overdue. Including a system oriented to prevention of child neglect and abuse from a social perspective needs creativity, vision and, importantly, the input of children, their mothers and other professionals who play a substantive role in supporting children’s wellbeing.
We need to start by respecting children as equals within society. We need to recognise and publicly name the hierarchical social structures that decrease the power of women and children.
And we need to develop an infrastructure of support for parents that ensures resources to support families’ basic needs, addresses the exploitation of reproductive labour and the isolation of women and children in the privacy of the home.
To begin, I just want you to know your words touched my heart. Secondly, my account is a pseudonym (my reason for stating this will become clear as I progress). I work as a psychologist in private practice and had the displeasure of engaging contractually with DOCS over a number years.
In that time I witnessed some of the most unethical and ill informed decision making of my entire career, inclusive of personal vendettas acted out against “difficult” parents. A few years back I refused to take on any more of their clients due to my reports being taken out of context via being cut and paste into departmental documents produced by case workers looking to make square pegs fit into round holes so as to justify their pitiful ass covering decisions and tactics.
"It’s an epidemic across our nation," one parent told NBC.
( Mirko Vitali | Dreamstime.com)
A mother from Michigan lost custody of her children after a pediatrician decided that red splotches on her 6-week-old's skin were signs of deliberate physical abuse.
Another mother, from Washington state, was separated from her children for more than a year because a child abuse specialist said she was exaggerating her 5-year-old's health problems.
A Florida mother took her 4-month-old son to the hospital after he suffered a seizure. A doctor contacted child services, claiming the child must have been shaken or beaten. The boy's father was charged with the crime. Charges were eventually dropped after other medical experts disputed the initial claims.
A private individual may also initiate criminal proceedings by way of CAN. The major difference with a private prosecution is that a CAN may only issued by a Registrar. The Registrar issues a CAN by signing the notice. A Registrar will have a discretion not to issue a CAN if the Registrar is satisfied that:
A damning review of Facs’ approach to Aboriginal families finds urgent reform is needed.
New South Wales child protection workers regularly give “misleading” evidence to the children’s court, often take the most traumatic option by removing Aboriginal children – including newborns – from their families, and operate in a “closed system” that needs urgent reform to make it more transparent and child-friendly, according to a new report.
The Family is Culture review released this week is a three-year study of the case files of 1,144 Aboriginal children who entered the NSW out-of-home-care system between 2015 and 2016.
If I tell the social worker I am a victim of violence or abuse, she will take my baby away to punish me.
This is a really dangerous myth as it can stop people asking for help when they need it. If you are a victim of violence or abuse you will not be punished for that. BUT it is sadly true that the available support is often not ideal and is not always easy to access.
However, to say its a fact that a victim of abuse will be deliberately punished by the system by having her (and it is almost always ‘her’) children taken away is wrong. If children are removed, it will be to keep them safe. However, its not hard to see how for many victims of violence, this will feel like a punishment.
To date, that we are aware of there has been three Georgian senators murdered to cover up child protective services crimes by the state. These are Senator Nancy Schaeffer and her husband, Senator Robert Brown, Senator Bobby Franklin. Then former marine turned child abuse industry documentarian Bill Bowen died, followed later by Martin Burns. Another year later a former foster child Ashley Harris disappeared two days after releasing youtube videos detailing the corruption by Santa Clara County caseworkers and judges.
Given the untimely deaths of child abuse industry advocates, we are now dedicating a section to our still alive advocates. We pray for their safety and that of their families whilst getting their hands dirty in an effort to save our innocent families from fate of the state.
Everyday state child protection authorities knowingly place innocent children with sex offenders, murderers, bank robbers and known child abusers. They refuse to intervene in family law matters when they should be protecting children, because they cannot be bothered taking the time to really protect a child. Part of the blame lays on the oversight authorities because they blatantly refuse to prosecute workers who practise unethical and unlawful work ethics, in fact we are unable to find one single case in the past two decades.
This section is dedicated to the mothers who lost their lives because of the torture to themselves and their children at the hands of the state child protection authorities.
Mothers in every state in Australia have been unnecessarily lost dir to there being no rules or laws that child protection are forced to abide by.
Innocent children are being drugged, raped and murdered under the care of the state, whilst child protection workets turn a blind eye - because it doesn’t suit their agenda or the “perfect” family they created to make up for their own mesed up childhoods.
How many more mothers have to die at the hands of child protection before the government acknowledges what is happening.
Many newspaper articles relating to child protection disappear. This section is designed to keep an archive of relevant articles, so that even when they do go missing, there is evidence that the article did once exist. Registered users can upload relevant child protection media or newspaper articles to this section, to assist with the archiving of records the government wants to see gone.
Medical kidnapping is part of a larger problem of State-sponsored child kidnapping. State-sponsored kidnapping is where the State steps in and decides that they know what is best for a child or group of children within a family, and then removes the children without any formal charges being brought against the parents. The parents lose their children immediately, often without any warrant being issued by a judge. They are assumed guilty by social services of something worthy of losing their children, usually with no formal charges filed in a court of law, and no trial by a jury of peers as is afforded by the Constitution of the United States of America. They must spend significant resources to try and get their children back from a family court system that is cloaked in secrecy with little to no accountability. Sometimes the parents are able to get their children back, but sometimes they do not, and the children are adopted out. Even in the instances where the children are allowed to return home to their parents, they are severely traumatized.
Manmeet Bhullar says no enquiry is needed. Manmeet Bhullar, who will take over the portfolio when the newly shuffled cabinet is sworn in next week, said Wednesday December 18 2013 he doesn't see the need to hold an independent public inquiry into the matter, as demanded by all three opposition parties. Great concerns the 33-year-old Bhullar, who is moving from the Service Alberta portfolio, lacks the experience to shepherd Human Services, which handles child and youth issues, social programs and homelessness.
No inquiry means we do not think these children's lives matter, so much so that we can not even be bothered to look into their deaths. There are no words to describe how disgusted I am.
Whatever it takes to keep this out of the public's view. This government's actions speak far louder than their words will ever speak. People with nothing to hide DO NOT act the way these people do. They've been everything but forthcoming with information and openness.
(These numbers come from The National Center on Child Abuse and Neglect in Washington (NCCAN).
Recent numbers have increased significantly for CPS
*Perpetrators of Maltreatment*
Physical Abuse CPS 160, Parents 59
Sexual Abuse CPS 112, Parents 13
Neglect CPS 410, Parents 241
Medical Neglect CPS 14 Parents 12
Fatalities CPS 6.4, Parents 1.5
Imagine that, 6.4 children die at the hands of the very agencies that are supposed to protect them and only 1.5 at the hands of parents per 100,000 children.
CPS perpetrates more abuse, neglect and sexual abuse, and kills more children then parents in the United States. If the citizens of this country hold CPS to the same standards that they hold parents too.
No judge should ever put another child in the hands of ANY government agency because CPS nationwide is guilty of more harm and death than any human being combined.
CPS nationwide is guilty of more human rights violations and deaths of children then the homes from which they were removed. When are the judges going to wake up and see that they are sending children to their death and a life of abuse when children are removed from safe homes based on the mere opinion of a bunch of social workers.
CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES, HAPPILY DESTROYING THOUSANDS OF INNOCENTFAMILIES YEARLY NATIONWIDE AND COMING TO YOU'RE HOME SOON...
BE SURE TO FIND OUT WHERE YOUR CANDIDATES STANDS ON THE ISSUE OF REFORMING OR ABOLISHING CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES ("MAKE YOUR CANDIDATES TAKE A STAND ON THIS ISSUE.") THEN REMEMBER TO VOTE ACCORDINGLY IF THEYARE "FAMILY UNFRIENDLY" IN THE NEXT ELECTION...(Source : http://www.parentingbanter.com/showthread.php?t=57107)
Cognitive dissonance refers to a situation involving conflicting attitudes, beliefs or behaviors. This produces a feeling of discomfort leading to an alteration in one of the attitudes, beliefs or behaviors to reduce the discomfort and restore balance, etc.
For example, when people smoke (behavior) and they know that smoking causes cancer (cognition).
Festinger's (1957) cognitive dissonance theory suggests that we have an inner drive to hold all our attitudes and beliefs in harmony and avoid disharmony (or dissonance). This is known as the principle of cognitive consistency.
Cognitive dissonance was first investigated by Leon Festinger, arising out of a participant observation study of a cult which believed that the earth was going to be destroyed by a flood, and what happened to its members — particularly the really committed ones who had given up their homes and jobs to work for the cult — when the flood did not happen.
While fringe members were more inclined to recognize that they had made fools of themselves and to "put it down to experience," committed members were more likely to re-interpret the evidence to show that they were right all along (the earth was not destroyed because of the faithfulness of the cult members).