children's rights

35 petitions

Update posted 1 week ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison, Christian Porter

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 _
118,604 supporters
Update posted 2 months ago

Petition to Bill Shorten, Bill Shorten, Scott Morrison


ALL kinship carers must be recognised and provided with the same financial assistance, respect & support as foster carers. Legislated reimbursement is not paid if the child is deemed safe & the case is closed. Many kinship carers feed, clothe and pay for all medical expenses out of their own pocket, often raising 3 or more children on a pension. These children are their priority! Please make these vulnerable children YOUR PRIORITY. A common scenario:- 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. This has become known as a "Drop & run". Child Protection, whether DHHS, DoCS, FaCS or whom ever, 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 or kin 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 non government organisations (NGOs). 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 provide a life for 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. 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. #ImOneOfMany

Sue Erben
5,374 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Queensland Attorney General

Review William Andrew O'Sullivan's sentence for the manslaughter of Mason Jet Lee

We the undersigned call on the Queensland Attorney General to conduct an urgent review of the sentence handed down to Andrew William O'Sullivan for the manslaughter of Mason Jet Lee. William Andrew O'Sullivan pleaded guilty to manslaughter of 22 month old Mason Jet Lee. Mason suffered extreme and prolonged abuse at the hands of O'Sullivan who was the partner of Mason's mother. Mason suffered cellulitis, likely caused by an insect bite that became infected, a prolapsed anus, severe nappy rash, a fractured leg, constipation, abscesses, mouth ulcers, peritonitis (inflammation of the membrane lining the abdominal wall), septicemia (allowed faecal matter to contaminate his bloodstream), fractured coccyx, bruises to the forehead, jaw, chest and abdomen, and the list goes on, Mason inevitably died from sepsis, as a result of a fatal blow to his abdomen which ruptured his small intestine. He was left in agony and further abused for 5 days before his little body finally gave up. O'Sullivan received a sentence of 9 years and could be eligible for parole in 4 years. As a community we believe this is in no way adequate sentencing for such abhorrent treatment of a vulnerable young child. There are countless examples of people being sentenced for crimes such as tax fraud or theft, who received similar or heftier sentences, yet someone who tortured and killed an innocent and vulnerable toddler receives such a short sentence. There is meant to be an aspect of deterrence applied in criminal sentencing, This sentence tells the community that one can kill a child in the most torturous of ways, and only spend a few short years in jail. Little Mason's life should be worth more than the pathetic sentence handed down to O'Sullivan.

Act for Mason
38,459 supporters
Started 3 months ago

Petition to Michel Temer, Abdul Hamid, Ram Nath Kovind, United Nations Security Council, UNICEF, United Nations

Girls build lives; girls are not just brides.

Love is a fundamental part of human social and emotional expression that everyone deserves. The ability to share life in union with your significant other by marriage should be a universal opportunity for all people. However, no one should be forced to marry when underaged and unwilling. Yet, this is the reality for the 12 million girls under 18 who are bound into child marriage every year. Child marriage, any formal or informal marital union of those younger than 18, infringes the human rights of girls in across the globe - particularly in South Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean. Many of these young girls do not agree with being married yet are wedded by their family for physical or financial security, as a traditional practice, or due to restricting values on female sexuality and expression. However, this violates article 16 from the UN Declaration of Human Rights - the right to a consensual marriage, yet laws regarding child marriage are not being enforced in these areas. In 2017, 5% of girls were married by the age of 15 and 23% by the age of 18. The heads of states of India, Bangladesh and Brazil, where child marriage is most pressing, must be held accountable. This petition will be able to raise awareness for this issue that is affecting millions of girls yearly. Our petition targets the President of India, Ram Nath Kovind, and the President of Bangladesh, Abdul Hamid. In Bangladesh, 59% of women aged 20-24 were married before they were 18. India has the highest absolute numbers of child marriage in the world, with 15,509,000 women who were married as girls younger than 18. Furthermore, there is still a disturbing increase in the marriage of 15 to 18-year-old girls. Whilst India's head of state has publicly commended girls for standing up against child marriage, this issue remains prevalent for girls in rural areas - where 48% of these marriages occur.  Nevertheless, child marriage in India has declined overall from 47% to 27% of marriages in 2006 and 2016 respectively. Therefore, our petition particularly aims to increase the awareness of child marriage in Latin America and the Caribbean. With 1 in 4 Latin girls being married before their 18th birthday, these areas uniquely have no perceivable decline in child marriage in the last 30 years. These regions have been overlooked despite having some of the highest rates of child marriage. The Dominican Republic and Brazil both have 36% prevalence rates, and states such as Nicaragua maintain a rate of 41%. Our primary target, the President of Brazil, Michael Temer, remains absent in the fight against these human rights abuses. Brazil currently lacks the adequate legal restrictions, law enforcement and the will to eradicate its abhorrent child marriage. Victims of child marriage are disempowered, disconnected and disadvantaged. These girls bear the responsibility of grown adults as children. Many are not willing to marry, and none are emotionally or physically ready to cope with marriage from a young age. Child marriage directly restricts girls from their vital education as they are expected to leave school and become the caretaker of a new family. Child marriage encourages the most prominent cause of death in 15-19-year-old girls - the health effects of juvenile pregnancy and childbirth. Child marriage increases the chances for girls under 15 to suffer domestic abuse by 50%. Child marriage is an immoral practice that is incompatible with a society that encourages and empowers women. Sign our petition for these three key actors to end their compliance with this issue and commit to eradicating child marriage once and for all. Let these girls build their lives: no girl deserves to be a child bride.

Tessa Emezie
177 supporters