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child protection

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Petition to Honourable Malcolm Turnbull, Senator George Brandis, Honourable Diana Bryant, Honourable BIll Shorten, Senator Derryn Hinch, The Hon Mark Dreyfus, Ms Megan Mitchell, Professor Gillian Triggs, Mr Edward Santow

Sign Petition! Investigate #Corruption, #ChildAbuse & #ParentAbuse in #FamilyCourt NOW!

FAMILY COURTS' CRIMINAL KID$ 4 CA$H APPROACH The draconian laws of the Family Courts and the administration of these laws manipulated by corrupt legal practitioners and the "Experts" they assign to write Reports to the Court, protect its administrators, report writers, lawyers, barristers, judicial officers and a $5 billion (2008 figures) Family Court Industry that is the envy of all other legal juristictions in Australia both in the amount of money its lawyers and barristers make (at the cost of destruction of young, voiceless, innocent lives) and the outrageous discretion and judicial  impunity enjoyed by its judicial officers.   The forbidding cost (monetary, emotional, physical) of brininging to justice individuals in a corrupt system by those who are already victims of the greed and rampant corruption in the Family Courts of Australia, has allowed this system to continue to abuse innocent people and allow corrupt legal practitioners to pervert the course of justice in its current disgraceful state on a daily basis. Family Courts continue to punish the family violence victims who find the courage against all odds to stand against their abusers.  The currency of Family Court is blood and tears of innocent people.  The results are lining of pockets of corrupt family court solicitors, barristers, report writers and others.   The less good people stand up against the conduct tolerated and supported in the Family Court, the more arrogant the Family Court legal practitioners and its report writers will become. Please stand up and make your voice count against the rampant corruption that is in the texture and DNA of a system that rewards the solicitors, barristers, report writers and judges at the cost of devastation and destruction of the very victims of family violence and abuse who turn to these courts for protection.  Family Court of Australia continues to put at risk the lives and well being of those it is supposed to protect, the Children!  Nothing can be reported to the media. No professional body can Hear complaints in relation to any unlawful or illegal conduct of those that the Famaily Court protects.  Judges have absolute power to make Orders that affect Children under such protectionist system.   They rely on "Expert Reports" to protect themsleves.  No one can question these so called "Experts".  Expert Reports can be purchased.  It seems that Court Orders can be purchased.  It seems justice can be purchased in the Family Court. In its 30 plus years of operation, Australia's youth suicide rate has reached number 1 in the developed world.  The majority of victims of youth suicide in Australia come from broken homes. In 2015, more young people aged 15-24 died of suicide in Australia than of any other cause. How we treat the most volunerable in our country should be the envy of the developed world instead we fail our children time and time in horrific circumstances.  Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for ages 10-24. (2014 CDC WISQARS) Suicide is the SECOND leading cause of death for college-age youth and ages 12-18. (2014 CDC WISQARS) More teenagers and young adults die from suicide than from cancer, heart disease, AIDS, birth defects, stroke, pneumonia, influenza, and chronic lung disease, COMBINED. Each day in our nation, there are an average of over 5,240 attempts by young people grades 7-12. Four out of Five teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs These are fertile grounds for corruption of the highest degree.  Any allegation of corruption and misconduct within the Court Sydnem can only be investigated by the Family Court itself behind closed doors.   No one knows of the nature and outcome of complaints.   There is no independent body to investigate the complaint about judicial misconduct of a Family Court Judge in our country. Unlike any other State or federal Judge, family Court Judges' misconduct is examined before other judges of the Family Court. Complaints about judicial conduct can not be heard other than in the unforgiving process of Appeal, where other Judges of the Family Court hear the Appeal. There needs to be an independent Royal Commission into the suffering of victims of Family Courts, the conduct of corrupt legal practitioners, the appointment of "Experts" to write reports,..., to alleviate the injustice and harm bestowed upon innocent children and parents for decades.   #EnoughIsEnough

Jack & Jill Sanders
7,720 supporters
Update posted 6 days ago

Petition to Minister for human services, Shadow Minister for Human Services, Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

AUSTRALIAN KINSHIP CARERS NEED YOUR HELP [What if this happened to you? Could you cope?]

An infant is dropped off to you by the police at 2am in the morning. A quick phone call was the only warning. She has been removed from her parents (your kin) due to abuse or neglect or for safety reasons.  DHHS follow up in a few days and deem the child to be safe and close their case. You are left with an unsettled child, no funds, no support and many years later massive court costs to ensure that child remains safe and loved and cared for. This is one of many horror stories Kinship carers are forced to live through. Could you?   As many of you are aware the incidence of children being cared for by relatives is increasing at an alarming rate in Australia. What you may not know is that many of these carers –Grandparents, Aunties, Uncles Etc- are doing so WITHOUT ANY SUPPORT from the government or community service providers. They receive no funding to assist with raising this child and many have no option other than to access their superannuation to support a safe environment for the child/ren and raise them above the poverty line. Often having to give up their job, their lifestyle must change completely to accommodate the needs of the child. They do the same job as foster carers however they receive no acknowledgement, nor any financial assistance. They receive no legal aid as this is given to the biological parents to attempt to reunify with that child. Some of the parents of these children may have mental health issues or a history of drug abuse however they are not held accountable for their actions or lack of care for their child knowing that the government will support them in getting the child back even though no requirements have been met. Having a child is not a right it is a privilege. These innocent children are being abused by the system and being forced to return to their biological parent/s into an unsafe, and at times volatile environment where their needs are not being met and more psychological damage is being done before being returned to the kinship carer who then is faced with challenging behaviours and professional bills to attempt to repair the damage caused. There are no accurate statistics on how many kinship carers there are in Australia as many choose not to be known officially for fear of DHHS reprisals, and those that have had children placed in their care by DHHS have had their case closed (and therefore aren’t counted in statistics) due to the child being in a safe environment. Funding is not offered if the case is closed early. Kinship carers love, feed, clothe and pay for all medical expenses out of their own pocket and as they are ageing themselves often put their own needs last and cannot afford to pay for their medical expenses. The childrens needs cost more each year and the carers do a fantastic job in an uncertain environment. The children are their priority. ALL kinship carers should be recognised and provided with the same financial assistance as foster carers. (Foster carers get a choice to be carers, we have no choice!) This is the next generation they are raising, to be productive, stable members of society. But they need your signature, to raise awareness, to change the system and to provide a life above the poverty line for Australia’s most vulnerable carers and children. Please sign and share to show your support.

Sue Erben
2,407 supporters
Update posted 3 weeks ago

Petition to Malcolm Turnbull, Bill Shorten

The Family Law System gave convicted sex offender access to my little girl– now she’s dead

My teenage daughter committed suicide after the Family Law System allowed her father, a convicted child sex offender, access to her when she was just a child. The Family Court System failed my little girl. And they failed me, a protective mother, who in my attempt to protect my children from contact with their abusive father, faced being dismissed as a ‘hysterical woman’ and a ‘vindictive wife’.   How can this happen? The legal system, designed to protect vulnerable children, is instead allowing them access to convicted sex offenders and exposing them to further assaults. The family law policy of wanting kids to have a “meaningful relationship with both parents” drove the decision making that would eventually lead to the death of my darling girl. I can’t describe the pain of losing her - it’s been 3 years since she died. She was just 17 and such a loving and caring daughter and friend. It makes me physically sick to imagine what she went through. In 2002, Abbey's father was charged with the sexual assault of her 8-year-old best friend and sent to jail for a pathetic two years. The abuse occurred at regular sleepovers.    I’m desperate to fight for children and parents who’ve been grossly let down by the dysfunction of the Family Court System. The Court restricts children from doctor and counselling visits during legal proceedings, discounts their word against a parent's, views reports of sexual assault as vindictive and favours the most financially stable parent. It’s shameful and dangerous. My darling daughter had her whole life ahead of her, but by adding your name to this petition, we can bring about change for other kids. I am supporting Bravehearts call for a Royal Commission into the Family Law System of Australia to examine their damaging failings in protecting our children. It follows a report by Bravehearts which  highlights the failings of the Family Law System. It’s called Abbey’s Project. This will be Abbey’s legacy.

Gill _
90,280 supporters
Started 2 months ago

Petition to The supreme Court of South Australia, The Director of Public Prosecutions, SUPREME COURT, Court of Criminal Appeal

Retrial Lorien Norman of South Australia For the aggravated assault on her daughter Evie!

A MOTHER who admitted to bashing her baby daughter before threatening to throw her battered body off a balcony won’t spend a night in jail because, according to a South Australian judge, her crime was “far from the most serious”. Lorien Norman, 26, pleaded guilty to aggravated assault after beating her eight-month-old daughter Evie with her hand and a large slotted cooking spoon at her Adelaide unit on October 1 last year. The Adelaide District Court heard harrowing details of how Norman called police on the night of the assault and threatened to throw Evie off a balcony.Officers raced to the address where they found Evie with serious injuries to her face, including significant bruising to her forehead, cheeks, ears, neck and arm, and a welt mark from a slotted cooking spoon across one of her cheeks. The district court was told the baby’s mother had initially lied to police and tried covering up her crime by telling responding officers that her daughter had sustained her injuries in a fall at a playground. Photos uploaded to Facebook sometime after the attack show the 32-week-old baby with a black eye, abrasions and a small cut on her face, and the welt mark from the slotted spoon on her cheek.The officers conveyed both Norman and her daughter to the local hospital where a thorough physical examination confirmed Evie had been assaulted and hit in the face and body at least eight times. In sentencing Norman in the Adelaide District Court last week, Judge Jack Costello noted the 26-year-old’s history of drug and alcohol abuse but said the now mother-of-two had started to turn her life around. “In the DPP’s submission the injuries were caused by reason of a sustained and deliberate assault by you upon your daughter which involved multiple blows, at least one of which was with a slotted spoon to your daughter’s face and that this indicated more than a momentary loss of control on your part,” Costello said. “Whilst any assault of a child, particularly one of such a tender age and vulnerability, by a parent stands as a gross breach of trust, your offending is nevertheless far from the most serious of offending of this type in terms of the degree of force involved and the duration of the offending. “In this respect, I particularly note the opinion of the treating paediatrician to the effect that there was no evidence of bony or intracranial injury and that your daughter’s physical injuries were likely to completely resolve.” Norman was sentenced to one year and nine months in prison last Wednesday, but the term was fully suspended in return for her guilty plea. She instead walked free from court on a $500 two-year good behaviour bond for an offence with usually carries a maximum jail term of 13 years. In an interview with 9News.com.au, Norman’s former partner Shane McMahon expressed his outrage at the district court’s decision and claimed Norman’s actions were fuelled by jealousy over his new relationship. Mr Mahon claims Norman had just found out about a new relationship he was in and he believes the attack was done with a view of getting back at him. The attack also occurred on the anniversary of the day of his father’s death from cancer, a time of year his former partner knew he found particularly upsetting, Mr McMahon said. “She knew that I had gotten a new partner, she knew that it was my dad’s anniversary, and she did that to Evie,” he said. On the day of the assault, police officers knocked on McMahon's door asking if he knew where Norman was. “A few hours later I had a phone call from major crime scene detectives saying Evie was at hospital with life-threatening injuries,” Mr McMahon said. “I rocked up there and she (Evie) was just beside herself. All she wanted to do was have a bottle. They couldn’t console her and as soon as she got into my arms she just went quiet.” “All she wanted was a bottle but she couldn’t even drink it because she was so bruised and could barely open her mouth. It was horrible.” Mr McMahon said he planned to fight the decision and was meeting with his lawyer next week to see what could be done to appeal it. “How do they expect me to hand over my child to her? How do you expect me to put her back in the arms of that person?” he said. COURT REMARKS ​IN THE DISTRICT COURT CRIMINAL JURISDICTIONADELAIDEWEDNESDAY, 30 AUGUST 2017 AT 9.20 A.M.BEFORE HIS HONOUR JUDGE COSTELLONO.DCCRM-17-593R  V  LORIEN NORMANHIS HONOUR IN SENTENCING SAID:Lorien Norman, you pleaded guilty to one count of aggravated causing harm with intent to cause harm, the maximum penalty for which is 13 years imprisonment.  The offence is aggravated because it was committed against your own child.In terms of your offending I was told that at about 4 a.m. on 1 October 2016 you rang 000 threatening to throw your eight month old daughter off the balcony of your unit.  Police attended your unit later that morning and observed bruising to your daughter's face.  As a result they took both of you to hospital.When spoken to by police you initially lied to them saying that your daughter had sustained a fall at play gym a day or so earlier.She was subsequently treated by a paediatrician who concluded that she had been the victim of a physical assault during which she had sustained at least eight separate blows to her face and body causing bruising to her forehead, both cheeks and ears, her neck and arm. The doctor also formed the view that some of the bruising correlated in size and shape to a black slotted spoon seized from your kitchen and her other bruising was likely to have been caused by a hit or smack by a hand.Photographs submitted by the DPP depict the nature and extent of the bruising.  Other photographs depicting bruising to her neck and a laceration to her finger would suggest that your daughter was also at least being roughly handled by you in and around the time of the injuries were inflicted which are the subject of the charge.In the DPP's submission the injuries the subject of the charge were caused by reason of a sustained and deliberate assault by you upon your daughter which involved multiple blows, at least one of which was with a slotted spoon to your daughter's face and that this indicated more than a momentary loss of control on your part.Whilst I agree that this number of blows would indicate something more than a momentary loss of control, it is not possible, as the DPP properly conceded, to say over precisely what period of time the blows were delivered apart that is from an acknowledgement that they probably all occurred at about the same time.Despite the uncertainty surrounding the assaults this much at least can be accepted, namely that at around the time of your offending you were addicted to alcohol and clearly in a distressed condition.  So much is apparent from the declaration of Mr O'Brien and your calls to both him and 000 stating that you were going to throw your daughter off the balcony.Consistently with the medical evidence I propose to sentence you upon the basis that at or around the time of your call you lost control and assaulted your daughter over a relatively brief period of time in the course of what potentially was a single episode of violence.Whilst any assault of a child, particularly one of such a tender age and vulnerability, by a parent stands as a gross breach of trust, your offending is nevertheless far from the most serious of offending of this type in terms of the degree of force involved and the duration of the offending.  In this respect I particularly note the opinion of the treating paediatrician to the effect that there was no evidence of bony or intracranial injury and that your daughter's physical injuries were likely to completely resolve.In terms of your personal circumstances, you are 26 years of age.  You are the mother of two daughters, one of whom is the victim, by a man with whom you had a previous relationship which has now ended.  He now has custody of both of your children.You were educated to year 11 before leaving school at the age of 17.  Your employment since leaving school has been affected to a degree by the birth and raising of your two daughters.You have otherwise been variously employed as a waitress, salesperson and bank teller with the teller work lasting for some four years.  In terms of further employment you maintain a long term desire to follow in your father's footsteps and work in real estate.In terms of your childhood, your parents separated when you were three years old.  Thereafter you alternated living with both your parents until the age of 16 when you moved into independent rental accommodation.You currently maintain a close relationship with your father, although when you were growing up he was a strict disciplinarian who would at times physically be abusive to you.  Your mother, sadly, suffers from alcohol addiction and you maintain only sporadic contact with her.You had a troubled adolescence with a history of self-mutilating behaviour.  You have been diagnosed as having a borderline personality disorder and have twice been admitted to the Adelaide clinic.You have had a number of significant de facto relationships with men who have been violent towards you and on several occasions you were raped by men with whom you became involved.You have also had a significant history of drug (particularly cannabis) and alcohol abuse, the latter of which has led you to being hospitalised for alcohol poisoning.  Despite your troubled and somewhat dissolute past life there is guarded cause for optimism in that you have taken steps to turn your life around.  You have begun having psychological treatment with Mr Richard Balfour, whose report I have read and taken into account.  You have successfully completed a marijuana withdrawal program at DASSA.  You have organised to see a psychiatrist, Dr Georgini to review and optimise your pharmacotherapy in accordance with a recommendation by Mr Balfour.  You have applied for and been accepted as a student in a Bachelor of Applied Social Science course at TAFE College.  You are also on the waiting list for further specific drug and alcohol counselling.In terms of your children, I am told that you have been ordered by a Family Court judge to enrol at the Children's Contact Service, a supervised visitation facility under the auspices of Anglicare.  This course involves some six two hours supervised visits with the children after which there will be a report back to the judge who made the order.  Your case is next back before the Family Court in late October 2017.  These are all positive measures designed to reinforce your apparent desire to get your life back under control and to re-establish contact with your daughters.Turning now to the question of sentence.  You pleaded guilty at a time which entitles you to a discount of up to 30% on any sentence I impose.  There are no factors which militate against me allowing you the full 30%. You have only one prior criminal conviction which is not relevant to your current offending.  You are clearly remorseful for your actions. The offending to which you have pleaded guilty is very serious.  I repeat, that any offence committed on a child, particularly one's own, and one so young, is rightly deprecated by the community and needs to be discouraged.  General deterrence is an important factor in such a case.The circumstances of your offending are such that a sentence of imprisonment is warranted.  Having said that, as I also said, the nature and duration of the offending here renders it less serious than many others. If it had not been for your plea of guilty I would have imposed a sentence of two years and six months which will be reduced to one year and nine months to reflect the Sentencing Act discount.I fix a non-parole period of 10 months.Turning now to the question of suspension.  You are still a relatively young woman with a limited criminal history.  You are making a genuine and concerted effort to turn your life around and I am impressed by the measures you have undertaken towards rehabilitating yourself both as a person and a parent.In this respect I bear in mind the remarks of King CJ in Yardley v Betts where King CJ said: 'The protection of the community is also contributed to by the successful rehabilitation of offenders.  This aspect of sentencing should never be lost sight of and it assumes particular importance in the case of first offenders and others who have not developed settled criminal habits.  If the sentence has an effect of turning an offender towards a criminal way of life the protection of the community is to that extent impaired. If the sentence induces or assists an offender to avoid offending in future the protection of the community is to that extent enhanced'.In my view, for the reasons articulated, good reasons exists to suspend your sentence.  Your sentence will, therefore, be suspended upon you entering into a bond in the sum of $500 to be of good behaviour for a period of two years upon the following conditions:1.            That you be of good behaviour and comply with all of the conditions of this bond;2.            That you be under the supervision of a Community Corrections officer for the term of bond and obey his or her lawful directions, including a direction that you submit to drug and alcohol testing;3.            That you attend and complete any assessment, counselling treatment and therapeutic programs as may be deemed appropriate by the Community Corrections officer assigned to supervise you;4.            That you do not possess a firearm or any part of a firearm during the period of the bond;5.            That you submit yourself to gunshot residue testing required during the period of the bond;6.            That you present yourself at the office of the Department of Community Corrections referred to in the bond within two business days of today.Miss Norman, could you stand up please.  Are you prepared to enter into a bond in those terms?PRISONER:                 Yes, I am, yes.BOND ACKNOWLEDGEDHIS HONOUR:           Miss Norman, the effect of what has occurred today is that you have been given a sentence of imprisonment and it is a sentence of imprisonment which will hang over your head now for the next few years and the one potential outcome is that if you decide to return to what I described as your past life, the dissolute life of drinking and drugs, the prospects are that you will lapse back into a criminal way of behaviour.  If you do that the potential is that you will be back here.You have obviously shown that you can take steps to put that behind you.  Ultimately you got yourself into this and you are the only person who can get yourself out of it.  So, it is up to you whether you do take the chance that has been given to you.  ADJOURNED 9.36 A.M   Evie, Indie and Shane deserve justice! No father should be put through having to hand his child over to a woman who nearly killed his daughter and threatened to kill his daughter.    The only place this woman needs to go is behind bars, there is so many children who are left in care of violent families and once the children lose their lives it is to late for you to say sorry! Please serve the correct justice for Lorien, A child so badly beaten does not need to be punished by being near that monster again! I have no relations to anyone in this family nor do i live in the same state or spoken to any of them i have read and seen the photos and this is not justice this is sweeping a crime under the rug. 

Alexandra McDermott
237,678 supporters