Children in care need protection of society

Thursday, 20 March 2014

In recent days reports have emerged about organised sexual abuse of teenagers in residential care in Victoria. We have also witnessed the devastating stories of adult survivors of child sexual and other abuse by the authorities into whose care they were entrusted when they were vulnerable children.

Children in care need protection

Opinion article published in The Newcastle Herald, written by Dr Nicola Ross, senior lecturer in law at the University of Newcastle.*

In recent days reports have emerged about organised sexual abuse of teenagers in residential care in Victoria. We have also witnessed the devastating stories of adult survivors of child sexual and other abuse by the authorities  into whose care they were entrusted when they were vulnerable children.

We hope that the royal commission’s investigations will lead to some outcomes to prevent similar stories being told in 20 years’ time. But is this likely?

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*This opinion piece represents the author’s views

 

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