Tag: child_abuse

July 11, 2017

11 July 2017 For abuse of a child to occur, the first necessary condition is that the child remain silent, that their voice not be heard.  This silence may be engineered by the abuser, using their status, fear or shame. It may be engineered by institutions that are passive in protecting children or complicit in…

June 23, 2016

I am pleased to hear the Government’s commitment to creating the new Department for Child Protection and I look forward to the Guardian’s Office developing a strong relationship with the new Chief Executive and leadership team. I welcome Commissioner Nyland’s recommendation that the new Department for Child Protection ‘must be headed by a Chief Executive…

May 19, 2016

19 May 2016 In the wake of the death of Chloe Valentine and the subsequent Coroner’s Inquiry, the April 2016 amendments to the State’s Children’s Protection Act shift the emphasis to safety. Inserted into the objects of the Act is ‘The primary object of this Act is to keep children safe from harm and in the administration…

October 11, 2011

Gendered violence is violence inflicted or suffered on the basis of gender differences.  It is commonly used to mean violence against women and girls – but it does apply to boys and, more rarely, to men. Excerpts from an address delivered by Guardian Pam Simmons to the 20 September forum organised by the Addressing Violence Alliance are available…

April 15, 2010

The Guardian for Children and Young People monitors the circumstances of children under the guardianship, or in the custody, of the Minister for Families and Communities. The feedback and findings of monitoring activities are reported directly to the agencies involved and to the Minister. The Report on the wellbeing of children and young people in…

May 30, 2008

While more children are in state care, families at risk have been neglected by successive governments in South Australia. The erosion of funding for intensive services for families in serious trouble stems back to the 1990s and by 2006-07 this state spent only $4.81 per child compared to a national average of $30.07. Our expenditure…

May 13, 2008

Capturing public attention in the past two months has been the release of the report from the Children in State Care Commission of Inquiry (the Mullighan Inquiry). It has drawn renewed focus on past abuses of South Australian children. Such inquiries or investigations have been sadly necessary and repeated across the country and there is…

May 5, 2007

Jodi was nine and one of five children. In total there had been over 40 child abuse notifications made about Jodi and her siblings. On their own the notifications were relatively minor. It was the pattern that told the story. When Jodi was admitted to hospital with a serious injury, people were angry that nobody…

April 2, 2007

Among other statutory functions the Guardian for Children and Young People acts as an advocate for the interests of children under the guardianship, or in the custody, of the Minister for Families and Communities.  It is in this capacity that the following submission is made. This submission is prepared on the basis of the Office’s…

January 5, 2007

People are rightly angry at child abuse and neglect. It seems decent common sense to investigate all claims of abuse. But even in an ideal world we may not want to go down the investigation route in every circumstance. Child abuse notifications range from clear evidence of sexual and physical abuse to concern about lack…