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The ISPCAN 2020 Congress will be held in Adelaide, Australia from 15-18 November 2020.
This article from ABC News explores the stories of some of "the more than 500,000 so-called Forgotten Australians who suffered abuse and neglect while living in out-of-home care over the past century" and how they have found healing through "a storytelling project that helps participants reimagine their past and invent new ways to see their stories."
The government of Queensland, Australia "has formally adopted every recommendation of the coroner after an inquest into the death of abused toddler Mason Jet Lee found his case was'a failure in nearly every possible way,'" according to this article from the Sydney Morning Herald.
This paper explores the efficacy of the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (Convention, UN General Assembly, 1989) through the lens of the over-representation of First Nations children placed in out-of-home care in Canada and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in Australia.
"Three Aboriginal community-controlled organisations [in Australia] have been announced as the beneficiaries of a $3 million program that shifts responsibility for kinship carer support from the Child Protection Department to the non-government sector," says this article from InDaily.
Professor Megan Davis, author of the recent Family is Culture review, has criticized the government of the Australian state of New South Wales (NSW) for its decision to "reduce funding to the peak body for Aboriginal children in out-of-home care," says this article from the Sydney Morning Herald.
A new report from Change the Record "highlights numerous ways Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have been disproportionately affected by the more punitive and restrictive policy responses to the pandemic [in Australia]," including Indigenous children in out-of-home care, according to this article from the Conversation.
"Aboriginal people [in Australia] in prisons are going without soap, and children in out-of-home care are being refused contact with their families under “punitive” restrictions enforced due to Covid-19," says this article from the Guardian.
In this study, a transdisciplinary group of key stakeholders in Australia jointly constructed a causal loop diagram to bring forth the systemic structure underlying the issue of repeat child removals (where parents lose successive infants and children to out-of-home care) and identify system conditions that need to be altered.
This article presents a multi-site evaluation of a group delivery of the eight-week Circle of Security-Parent DVD program (COS-P) program to foster carers of 6-12 year-old children in an urban community as facilitated by community-based providers from a specialist child and youth mental health services.