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Australia and New Zealand - Evidence of abuse, neglect and corruption of Child Protection System

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on Sun, 02/12/2012 - 02:58
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Australia and New Zealand - Evidence of abuse, neglect and corruption of Child Protection System

The following articles show evidence of abuse, neglect and corruption of Child Protection System in Australia and New Zealand..

The child protection system is also known as Department of Child Safety (DoCS), Department of Human Services (DHS) and the department of community services.


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Reports of chronic shortages of child protection workers in New South Wales have focused attention on the plight of abused and neglected children across Australia.

According to figures from the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare (AIHW), rates of substantiated child abuse and neglect have risen across the nation.

An AIHW report released in March, titled Child Protection Australia 2011-12, found the number of children who were the subject of substantiated abuse rose from 31,500 to 37,800.

A notification of child abuse is "substantiated" when an investigation by child protection authorities concludes there is sufficient reason to believe the child has been, is being or is likely to be abused, neglected or otherwise harmed.

The findings reversed a downward trend - a drop in substantiations from 6.5 per 1,000 children in 2007–08 to 6.1 in 2011–12 - with rises in all states and territories except Tasmania and South Australia.

The report's authors cautioned, however, that real increases in abuse and neglect aside, the figures could be influenced by a range of factors including better public awareness and legislative changes.

Very young children were the most likely to be the subject of abuse and neglect, the report found.

In 2011–12, children aged under one were most likely to be the subject of a substantiation, at 13.2 per 1,000 children.

In contrast, AIHW spokesperson Tim Beard said "older children, aged 15 to 17, were least likely to be the subject of a substantiation, with a rate of 3.2 per 1,000 children in 2011-12".

More kids granted protection orders and placed in care

Separately, the AIHW says rates of children aged zero to 12 on care and protection orders doubled between 2000 and 2011, rising from four to eight per 1,000 children.

The report says the rise reflects the increasing number of families considered unable to adequately care for the children, but may also reflect changing community standards regarding child safety.


The numbers of children admitted to care and protection orders has increased 3 per cent from 2011 to 2012, from 13,830 to 14,191, the report found.

Almost half (45 per cent) of children admitted to orders were aged under five.

The rate of children in out-of-home care increased from 7.3 per 1,000 children in 2011 to 7.7 in 2012.

The majority of the 39,621 children in out-of-home care were placed for more than a year.

At June 30, 2012, there were nearly 40,000 children in out-of-home care. Most (90 per cent) were on care and protection orders, the report found.

Across Australia, the vast majority (93 per cent) of children in out-of-home care were placed in home-based care such as with foster carers or relatives. More than half of foster carer households had multiple foster children.

Meanwhile, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to be over-represented in the figures, the report found.

In 2011–12, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were almost eight times as likely to be the subject of substantiated child abuse and neglect as non-Indigenous children.

The AIHW says that while most children in Australia grow up in safe family environments, abuse and neglect can cause significant long-term harm.

Adverse effects included poor social and academic skills, a higher likelihood of criminal offending or mental health issues such as eating disorders, substance abuse and depression.

NSW caseworkers slam staffing levels

Staff from the NSW Department of Family and Community Services (DoCS) have told the ABC's 7.30 program that despite as many as nine notifications about a boy's well-being, staff numbers were so short that his case was not allocated for a home visit.

Caseworkers from the Coniston office say the boy's plight was discussed at a number of weekly allocation meetings, which are reserved only for the worst cases, but on each occasion his file was held over for review.

One caseworker said: "The managers and the manager client services could see it was a case that should be allocated and they wanted to allocate it, but there wasn't any staff or capacity to do so."

The boy died on August 3, 2012, from multiple blunt-force injuries to the head and body. Police have charged his 32-year-old mother with his murder.

His death sparked industrial action by the department's Coniston staff, who described his death as "avoidable".

WA child protection staff struggle to keep up

The Community and Public Sector Union in Western Australia said last month that child protection staff were struggling to keep up with a continued increase in cases.

The union said there were 200 more cases in August than at the start of the year.

An extra $30 million had been allocated to the sector in the 2013 budget, but the union said there was no provision for extra staff.

CPSU assistant secretary Rikki Hendon says an increasing number of workers are exceeding their recommended maximum case load.




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Hi looking for any victims of Robert leonard morris AKA Geoffrey leonard, looking for any information, dont need to give name.

Thank  you


Lukes Dad's picture

Was just wondering who Geofrey Leonard is? Do you have any links?

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He is a convicted paedifile who i am a victim of from the 70s, and yes he's still at it.

Well i have decided it's time he took 30 years of my life away, so i'm making a statment this week in the hope to have him charged found guilty and die in jail.

So i'm looking for any help i can get or other victims with info.

You can look him up on MAKO his history there starts in 1990 which is 15 years after me and 14 other's that i know of, the mind boggle's how many kids coped it and he never got court once with enough evidence for a conviction.

This is his web page, and he has 2 books.



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Has any one out there had any dealings with docs Lakemba? "why you may ask". Kati Benson and her professional team at facs aka docs legally abducted my beautiful baby daughter one month ago. I am still in shock as to how they have gone about removing my daughter. I am not going to portray that i have been a angel far from it. For the last fifteen months i decieded to man up and get clean and that i have. I have all the documentation to prove i have completly turned my life around going to uni urines etc.. My ex partner became pregnant ten months ago and she has also been doing really well as in clean doing every thing facs have asked and more. One month before she gave birth facs informed us that they will be assuming care. Any way we got our day in court last thursday. The Magistrate at parramatta childrens court seen the truth and decided baby to be returned to mum asap and we work together. The Magistrate adjourned for the next day friday to finalise all the paper work. Baby was due to be returned to mum that day friday the 11th July. We finished court at 11am that morning and mum was trying to contact facs to arrange a time for baby to come home to a warm loving caring home with every thing a baby needs. At 430 pm that afternoon my barrister informed me i had to be at the high court in Macquarie st for a emergence appeal facs legal army at its best. The high court sat at 7 pm friday night and proceedings went for nearly two hours. The short of the long we lost for now. I will expose all facs failings and my own as well. But they know this we have God and the truth on our side. Shame on you Facs Lakemba. I cannot believe how deep the rabbit hole goes with this career making factory we now so humbly call family and community services. How is that for irony. How can Gabriel Upton a merchant banker previously living in new york with her family. How can she make a change to this social services abomination aka facs. Need help. I am putting my life on hold and i am getting empowered with more knowledge as so i can change facs. ps am i dreaming . post soon exodus.