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Freda Briggs, ASCA and ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

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on Fri, 11/16/2012 - 13:12
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Freda Briggs, ASCA and ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE

http://www.boomerangbooks.com.au/Child-Protection/Freda-Briggs/book_9781864482218.htm


Freda’s new book – if only the Family Law lot would read it and put it into prax!

What a truly wonderful woman Freda is

AND she also wrote this and Charles added to it :

I have adapted and added to Freda’s last email as a initial starting point for our joint requirements of the Royal Commission. We can add to this list as time progresses.

ROYAL COMMISSION INTO CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE MUST INCLUDE THE FAMILY COURTS

The National Child Protection Alliance, Bravehearts, Adults Surviving Child Abuse [ASCA]  and other several other child protective organisations  want the Family Court to be on the list of institutions to be examined.

Areas for Improvement in the Family Courts and the Child Protective systems identified by those organisations  include, but are not limited to:

A NEW STYLE OF COURT – A  different style of court is needed for cases involving child abuse.. a court where all evidence can be examined by experts qualified and experienced in child sexual abuse. .. not as at present by lawyers who are merely expert in Family Law and don’t even talk to the children they supposedly represent.

Such Courts should not be adversarial but inquisitorial, preferably with cases assessed and arbitrated by professionals who are experts in child development and abuse, assisted by a legal officer.

 

COMPULSORY PSYCHIATRIC ASSESSMENT OF ALLEGED CHILD SEX ABUSERS - if there are allegations of child sexual abuse, accused abusers should be assessed by a psychiatrist or clinical psychologist, and particularly for Anti-Social Personality Disorders, and if children are ordered into contact or sent to live with them, the children’s  well-being should be continuously monitored. At the present time,  children are removed from their protective mothers by Family Courts simply because they reported the abuse and  those protective mothers are being ordered by Courts that if they make any further reports of abuse of their children, they will be banned from seeing their children and that the children will be placed in foster care. Courts frequently order that children who continue to disclose/report they are being abused and exhibit severe emotional and behavioural disorders must not be taken for psychological counselling, thereby violating their right to medical treatment.

In a current N. Queensland case, police have told a mother that if her children make any more reports she is to tell them that they are dreaming. This is absolutely contrary to the rules for child protection and the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child.

 

TRAINING REQUIREMENTS OF PROFESSIONALS WHO INVESTIGATE CHILD SEXUAL ABUSE - all professionals in human services whose work involves children should have a thorough education and training in child sexual abuse .. the signs, the effects and the strategies used by sex offenders. University courses still avoid it.

The Commission should examine the training that police, social workers, lawyers, teachers, medical and health professionals  etc now receive and make recommendations.

 

CHILD PROTECTION MUST BE INTRODUCED INTO THE CURRICULAE OF ALL SCHOOLS.

 

A SINGLE NATIONAL CHILD PROTECTION LAW MUST BE MADE, REPLACING THE VARYING AND DIFFERENT STATE LAWS AND DEFINITIONS OF CHILD ABUSE

National laws are also needed for reporting. Everyone in the NT is a Mandated Reporter. SA has had  legislation since 1977. Everyone who works or volunteers with children is a mandated reporter.  Queensland and WA have messy legislation. As a result of different State laws and methods of collecting and collating information, no comparisons can be made between State statistics on child abuses.

 

POLICE INVESTIGATIONS OF CHILD ABUSE ALLEGATIONS – Cases are taking too long to come before Courts – in some States as long as two years.

Police interviewers are trained in questioning adults and not children. which requires sensitivity tolerance, and understanding of children’s emotional fragilities and their difficulties in remembering and recounting events with absolute accuracy. Why are so many cases dropped without explanation?. In In South Australia there has been a spate of sex abuse and rapes by school/child care centre staff and management/ councils have been banned from informing parents by the Education dept and/or police with threats that they will be taken to court if they disclose what happened. In one case, the parents were not told for two years that a (jailed) staff member had raped an 8 year old and of course now, parents are finding that he abused their children too. National rules are needed for handling disclosures of abuse?.

 

CHILD PROTECTION PROCEDURES MUST INCLUDE:

Step. 1. Immediate Examination of the child by a forensically trained paediatrician for physical evidence;

Stage.2. Immediate Examination of the child by a forensically trained psychologist for emotional/psychological evidence;

Stage 3. Collection of direct and indirect witness statements;

Stage 4. Sensitively handled interviews of the child by specially trained police interviewers with an independent adult present who is known to the child and can provide support and assistance. All such interviews to be video-recorded;

Stage 5. Interview the alleged offender and present the above evidence for responses.

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Child-friendly Court proceedings where children can give evidence by videolink and be assisted/supported by an independent child advocate.

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Sentencing which includes being placed on publicly-available Child Sex Offenders Register and GPS tracking following a mandatory prison sentence.

 

 

 

 

 

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A MESSAGE FROM Dr/Professor Freda Briggs AO
Please contact the Attorney General and ask her to put the Family Court on her list of institutions that must be investigated in relation to its handling of child abuse and domestic violence cases and the frequency with which it hands children to violent fathers despite the recent law reforms.

We are calling for a Royal Commission.

Here is the link to the website http://www.dpmc.gov.au/child_abuse_royal_commission/index.cfm

Phone 1800 099 340 to register your name to present next year (2013).

Dr Freda Briggs AO
Emeritus Professor in Child Development
University of South Australia
Magill Campus
SA 5072