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This report, prepared for the Australian Federal Police National Missing Persons Coordination Centre, sets out a national picture of children and young people reported missing in Australia.
In this How We Care series, Family for Every Child presents the programming of three CSOs on how they are supporting kin carers and the vulnerable children in their care, in their respective regions.
This report presents child protection data from March to September 2020 (covering the ‘first wave’ of COVID-19 restrictions for Australia, and part of the ‘second wave’ of restrictions for Victoria) with comparisons to the same period in 2019.
This article explores the policy context and outcomes of the November 2020 announcement by the State (Labour Party) Government of Victoria in Australia that it would extend out-of-home care (OOHC) on a universal basis until 21 years of age starting 1 January 2021.
For young people in Western Australia, State-funded out-of-home care ends once those in care, as it does in most states and territories in Australia, according to this article. However, "there are currently 14 young people in care in WA engaged in a trial that continues support until they turn 21."
This policy analysis examines the impact of COVID-19 policy guidance on the role of workers who provide outreach to transition-age care leavers.
"Victorian Minister for Child Protection Luke Donnellan announced $11.6 million for a national first pilot program which empowers Aboriginal-led teams to respond to child protection reports," says this article from the National Indigenous Times.
According to this article from the Guardian, a "royal commission into abuse in state care is investigating historic abuse of children, young adults and vulnerable adults by state-run institutions [in New Zealand] between 1950 and 1999, as well as in affiliated religious institutions, such as church-run orphanages."
This article describes results from the second part of an Australian research project that explored the prevalence, experiences and support needs of kinship carers aged 18–30 years through interviews with 41 kinship carers.
"While orphanages no longer exist in Western Australia, thousands of traumatised children live in out-of-home care in what some child protection staff call 'hidden' residential institutions," says this article from WA Today.