Across Australia, about 39,000 children and young people were on a DOCS instigated care and protection order at 30 June 2011. The short duration of the larger proportion of these orders indicates that such orders were unwarranted to begin, A further 25% of orders end within 4 years indicating a level .
Children subject to State Care orders increased by 37% from 2007 to 2011.
The fees to NGO case management organisations increased substantially per child in the corresponding period. It is in the financial interests of the Case Management organisation to prolong out-of-home care arrangements delaying the return of children to their rightful homes.
All proceedings are initiated in the Childrens or Families Courts where the Evidence Act does not apply. These courts are not open, proceedings are kept secret. Parents are forced to answer anonymous allegations sourced from mandatory reports without opportunity to test the veracity or integrity of the informant.
THERE IS NO ASSESSMENT OF STATE BASED CARE OUTCOMES USING THE SAME METHODOLOGIES USED ON PARENTS. So there is no basis to claim an improvement in the quality of the subject childs care.
THE AUSTRALIAN LABOR PARTY THE LIBERAL PARTY THE NATIONALS THE GREENS all agree with current State intervention methods -meaning parents are without ally in the parliamentary system and there is little real questioning of the current construct in State or Federal Australian Parliaments. The NSW Woods Report tasked his honor with better protecting the department (DOCS) from public criticism-rather than protecting families and children from harm.
The current DOCS intervention in Families is emotionally mentally and economically devastating for children as well as direct and extended families, some of whom never recover. Downstream effects on communities and society are unevaluated statistically however observation shows many examples of negative impacts on communities and society itself. Nowhere is this more evident than in the long traumatised terrorised and stigmatised aboriginal communities.
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