Tag Archives: protection

Sacred sites: the review we have to have?

 

 

Sacred sites issues rear their heads from time to time, usually highlighting the black – white divide. It happened – absurdly – at the Mbantua Festival. Are we having a review of the Act? Should we? ERWIN CHLANDA reports. Photo: Bess Price, the Minister responsible. FULL STORY »

Pregnant drinkers to be a focus of govt. child protection

Pregnant girls and women abusing alcohol and drugs will be a focus for the Office of Children and Families (OCF), says its Minister, Alison Anderson. She recently announced that pre-natal child protection will be part of new legislation. Ms Anderson is pictured at the opening this morning of the OCF’s new section, in Minerals House, Hartley Street. ERWIN CHLANDA reports.

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Strife torn child welfare set for more turmoil: worker

 

 

 

 

After more than three years on the frontline of child welfare and protection Fred – not his real name – is leaving town. He’s taking with him corporate knowledge, which he says has been dwindled worryingly, about matters that are uppermost in the public’s mind.

He says he isn’t bitter nor angry, rather feels privileged to have developed relationships with a part of the population that is raising profound concerns, both as victims of abuse and neglect, and perpetrators of crime: some four fifths of Fred’s clients were Aboriginal.

He spoke in person with editor ERWIN CHLANDA, for an hour and a half, but on the condition of not being named.

 

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Protecting, controlling kids in trouble: Robyn Lambley’s long and lonely road

 

 

A youth curfew during periods of period of “high social unrest,” grappling with how to make parents pay for the damage done by their kids, an institution for young people out of control or with special needs, the government paying up to half a million dollars a year for some children in residential care services, massive cuts in Federal funding for child welfare and protection – these are some of the waypoints on the long and lonely road of the Minister for Children and Families, Robyn Lambley (pictured with constituents, photo supplied by her office). She spoke with editor ERWIN CHLANDA. FULL STORY »

Office of Children and Families admits legal action over failure to provide information

 

Two children died while in government care.

New laws “to address extreme behaviours”.

 

The Office of Children and Families has admitted that legal action is being taken against it over the alleged failure to disclose information to children’s representatives but the minister, Robyn Lambley (pictured), still refuses to be interviewed about government child protection issues and other matters. ERWIN CHLANDA reports. FULL STORY »

Urgent talks with NT government as organisation cannot pay its bills

By ERWIN CHLANDA

 

Hiccups in NT Government funding for ASYASS, an Alice Springs NGO providing emergency accommodation for young people, were given “urgent priority” in talks yesterday as the organisation was unable to pay some of its bills.

ASYASS director Brian Hayes said yesterday the problems had existed for five to six months but he was confident they would be fixed.

The News was unable to contact him today.

A spokesman for the government said: “Issues relating to payment of invoices were identified last week and are being resolved by the Regional Executive Director, Central Australia as an urgent priority.” FULL STORY »