Foster care reimbursements “spent at the pokies”

March 2, 2009 at 10:44 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Articles, Issues for Fostering, Media | Leave a comment
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The Australian has run another damning article lamenting the state of foster care around the country. The latest complaints are that foster care reimbursements are not being spent on the children and young people in care, and that departmental child protection staff often barely see the children and young people they are supposed to be responsible for. You can read the full article here .

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Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy

October 13, 2008 at 9:52 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Articles, Child Protection, Media | Leave a comment
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A rather sad but interesting article in the Herald Sun here, which speaks about the relationship of Munchausen Syndrome By Proxy with cases of child protection.

Opinions are often divided over individual cases, but it is commonly agreed that this syndrome presenting in parents can be a great risk their children. So…what to do?

Report On Baby Deaths In State Care

May 30, 2008 at 2:04 pm | Posted in Articles, Child Protection, Media | Leave a comment
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An article published in the Herald Sun today outlines findings of the Victorian Child Death Review Committee which shows that 11 babies and another 4 children died while under state care last year.  11 of the 15 children had active child protection cases when they died.. 

While reading this article, it is important to keep in mind that babies and young children die everyday, and not every death is preventable. 

You can read the full article here .

DOCS in the news again…

March 3, 2008 at 9:31 am | Posted in Around the Nation, Articles, Child Protection, Media | 3 Comments
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We have posted a couple of times on this blog concerning the strain on the child protection system in New South Wales.  DOCS was in the media again over the weekend – see this article from the Australian on Saturday, and this post on the ABC website. 

 Both articles compare the situation in New South Wales with other states, notably Victoria.  Victoria is seen as being in a stronger position in terms of fewer notifications and better management of Out of Home Care because the bulk of the work is carried out by non-government organisations.  Interestingly, DOCS has been given until 2013 to prove that it meets the standards to be an accredited Out of Home Care provider.   I am not sure it is particularly helpful to compare states.  At least not without also comparing demographic differences,  substantial variations in legislation and policy, and the host of other variables that contribute to both successes and strains on child protection.    Given the common national goal of keeping our children safe, state differences in practice are quite remarkable. 

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