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When it comes to parenting, trust your instinct and be comfortable with your choices


“It’s about being strong in your skin; it’s about being comfortable in your gut with what you want for your family,” says Pat Jewell, Team Leader of our Parenting Program. Pat's speaking in an interview with Kinderling Kids Radio about creating your own, new, ‘family soup’ when you have a child, based on the routines, rituals and values of your own childhoods (both the ones you want to keep and the ones you want to discard). Pat says parents today are inundated with so many messages and opinions, but suggests you sift through it all and decide what’s right for your own family - and feel comfortable with being the minority voice in your choices. You can hear the interview here.

One of the worst cases of child protection failure. Ebony should still be alive


Beautiful, four-month-old baby Ebony had 48 healing fractures when she was found dead at her home, failed by a system designed to protect her. "We need to ensure it cannot and does not happen again," says our CEO Joe Tucci. "We need to be absolutely clear on what constitutes cause for serious concern around the safety of children and the resources, support and capability to act to protect them."Foster Care system needs more support and resourcing to keep children safe." Hear Joe's interview with our Ambassador, Kim Napier, on FIVEaa, here.

Foster care system needs more support and resourcing to keep children safe


The drowning death of little Braxton Slager-Lewin while in foster care is a tragic outcome in a system that is too often failing Australia's most vulnerable children. Our foster care system is in crisis and change needs to happen urgently, says CEO Dr Joe Tucci. He told Dan Oakes of ABC’s 7.30 Report : “The resources that are available to support foster carers and train foster carers and even assess and screen foster carers (aren’t) enough, and so … sometimes children aren't getting the right kind of care.” See the full report here: ABC 730 Report_Death of toddler in foster care

Systems are losing focus on the rights of the child


The South Australian Coroner’s report into the death of 4 year-old Chloe Valentine calls for a complete overhaul of Child Protection services. Our CEO, Dr Joe Tucci, says it is one of the most critical reports on child protection services in a long time, and some of the recommendations are definitely worth examining. 

Dr Tucci says the Child Protection system has swung too far to the rights of parents, and has lost focus on the child. One reason is that the courts, which should back up the Child Protection workers and support their decision-making, have also shifted focus to the rights of the parents over those of the child.

Another reason is that Child Protection workers don’t have the supports and services within the system that can differentiate between when a family needs support and when a child needs protection. He says Child Protection workers do a difficult and complex job, and so they need more support, training, access to current evidence, and supervision that enables them to think and talk through all the issues associated with the complexity of the decisions they need to make. To hear Dr Tucci’s interview with Sarah Gillman, of ABC Radio in Hobart, click here.

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