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Culture to blame for much of indigenous family violence

Culture to blame for much of indigenous family violence

We need to be wary of anything that comes from a right-wing group and from the Australian newspaper but we need to be aware of the arguments presented and evaluate their validity.

Adoption not always best for children

Prof Brid Featherstone and Prof Anna Gupta believe adoption is too stark in its severance of the legal relationship between those adopted and their birth family, and out of line with the emotional realities for most involved
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Gaming technology keeping at-risk kids safe

Adelaide and British researchers are hoping to develop an Australian-first avatar program to better train frontline child protection workers through interactive gaming technology.

A 3D-computer simulation program, developed in the UK following a tragic child abuse case similar to that of Adelaide girl Chloe Valentine, has so far trained more than 170 child protection staff in SA.

The “Rosie Safe” program walks social workers through the virtual home of a disadvantaged British family under investigation over...


Report: Minnesota shows progress in keeping families together, reducing child removals

Report: Minnesota shows progress in keeping families together, reducing child removals

The number of Minnesota children being removed from their homes because of abuse or neglect declined in 2018 for the first time in nearly a decade, a promising sign that local agencies have improved their ability to reach families before the point of crisis.

New data released Thursday from the Minnesota Department of Human Services (DHS) show that 6,741 children were removed from their homes and placed in foster care in 2018. That marks a 10% decline from the previous year and ends a nine-year increase in family separations, which stemmed in part from new child-protection laws and...


Families urged to step up to limit children in state care

Families in need of support to better care for their children are being asked to develop their own strategies to protect their children’s safety under a $1.6 million trial rolled out by the Child Protection Department this month.

 

The 18-month pilot involves the Department holding conferences with at-risk families to discuss how they can better care for and protect their children before they are required to be placed in out-of-home care.

Previously, only the Youth Court had the authority to convene family group conferences...