The 2018 National Foster and Kinship Care Conference will highlight services to children in care from throughout Australia and abroad and provide delegates with the opportunity to explore their current thinking and identify new strategies for care.
In this opinion piece for Australia's ABC News, Joseph Cheer - lecturer and researcher in tourism at Monash University - writes about recent changes in the "voluntourism" sector, including a shift in what is considered best practices in regard to orphanage volunteering.
Caitlin McMillen Dowell, Gloria C. Mejia, David B. Preen and Leonie Segal - Health & Justice15 Jan 2018
This study draws on linked administrative data to describe the exposure of children aged less than 2 years to maternal imprisonment in Western Australia, their contact with child protection services, and infant mortality rates.
In this opinion piece from Independent Australia, Gerry Georgatos refers to Australia's recent branding as the "child removal capital of the world" and the negative impacts of child removal and family separation on children and families.
An Australian NGO, the Create Foundation, along with foster care agencies and other community support services, have formed a campaign called 'The Home Stretch,' calling on the Australian government to raise the age up to which a young person can stay in foster care to 21, from the current maximum age of 18.
Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse15 Dec 2017
On 15 December 2017 the Australian Royal Commission into Institutional Response to Child Sexual Abuse presented a final report to the Governor-General, detailing the culmination of a five year inquiry into institutional responses to child sexual abuse and related matters.
In this statement from UNICEF Australia, Amy Lamoin, Director of Policy and Advocacy, calls on Australia to take the recommendations issued by the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse and turn them into "non-politicised, results-oriented policy change and policy platforms for the protection of children in Australia."