Apology To Forgotten Australians Welcome But Children Still At Risk

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Media Release

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE


16 November 2009

Apology to forgotten Australians welcome but

children still at risk 


Anglicare Victoria welcomed the Federal Government’s apology to the forgotten

Australians today as another step in the healing of children placed in the care but

warned that without increased funding and greater community concern for family

welfare, children will continue to enter State care and may suffer as a consequence.


“It is time for Governments and the community to invest in children and families at a

level which prevents children from needing to be placed in care at all,” said

Anglicare Victoria CEO Dr Ray Cleary.  


“And, where child removal is necessary, we must ensure services are well resourced,

monitored and accountable and the hard lessons of the past not forgotten.”


Dr Cleary said that taking a child away from their family was tragic at any time and

lessons from the past must not be repeated.

 


“The apology acknowledges the many shortcomings in the system and duty of care

failures which occurred in the past.   

 

“But words by themselves cannot be the end and today’s child protection and care

programs must not repeat the mistakes of the past.  


“We must put current systems under the microscope and, for the sake of those who

suffered in the past, ask ‘Are we confident those same mistakes will never happen

again?’


“State intervention still occurs and we as a community must share the responsibility for

protecting our children and in supporting families.”


Anglicare Victoria is the State’s largest provider of foster care coordinating about

2,000 placements every year.


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