More than 7,300 incidents and reports of abuse during care in Victoria

Vulnerable teens dwelled under Victorian child protection services were exposed to violence between 2019 and 2020, with more than 700 suffering from serious physical and sexual abuse Has been reported.

Victorian Commission for Children and Youth Annual Report (pdfWe also found that of the 7,300 incidents reported that year, 18 children died from home care. At the same time, more than 2000 teenagers fled the housing unit.

The report was prepared in response to concerns about data revealing that 65 Victorian children and teens known to child protection authorities died between 2019 and 2020, Australians said. I reported.

“Home care cases accounted for about three-quarters of the total annual cases, even though this group of children make up about 5% of the home care population,” the Commission report said. Says.

In addition, serious flaws were found in child protection services, including the early closure of cases by authorities. Australian reported..

Among the housing care issues reported by the Commission were the number of children fleeing housing units and the sexual exploitation of endangered teenagers.

“In six of these cases, the risk to children was not properly assessed due to inadequate information sharing or inadequate information gathering, including evidence of sexual exploitation,” the report said. Says.

In response, Victorian Labor Minister Jacinta Allen acknowledged that more work is needed in this area.

“We know that there is always a lot to do in this very difficult area, so last November’s budget was to hire additional important child protection practitioners in this area. We’ve added some important resources, “says Allan.

“We have added more resources to hire more child protection practitioners on the front lines, and because they are doing very difficult jobs in very difficult situations. , Added additional support, administrative support to embrace those child protection practitioners. Any support they can do, “she said.

Recent report published by Australian person He emphasized how the Victorian Child Protection System, managed by the Family, Fairness and Housing Department, overlooked the neglect warning sign that caused the death of a 15-month-old baby under this system. ..

The “Baby M Incident” was taken care of by a maternal grandfather who was a drug user who suffered from depression and was prone to domestic violence and homelessness. The Baby M case died in a crib 15 months after birth on suspicion of Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS).

The baby M case ended after the mother’s grandfather tested positive for amphetamines, but the department did not discuss the positive test results with her grandfather.

“Child protection minimized positive drug screening for mother’s grandfather’s ice, but only noted that one of the drug screenings returned positive for drugs to control back pain. ..

“But there is no evidence that child protection discussed SIDS-related risk factors, including smoking, with (his) maternal grandfather until September 2019.”

The Commission’s report adds: “The termination of the premature case with several rereports also pointed to the need to improve our understanding of cumulative harm. To other issues that caused the case to be closed prematurely. Included a “referral and close roundabout” due to early closing of cases and referrals to support unfollowed services. “