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Child Protection and Child Abuse

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Shining the light on Transitioning to Independence

November is Transition to Independence (T2I) month. This is a time to reflect on best practice and share opportunities to improve the supports offered to young people through their transition from care to independence....

Do As I Say Not As I Do

As a social worker and longtime social justice advocate, I have been carefully watching the Occupy Wall Street movement and related events. I am torn as I write this, between wanting to discuss the implictions of social media for social justice and social advocacy and also looking at the response to the Occupy Wall Street protests, which is actually a response to freedom of speech, the right to...

Don\'t Fence Me In?

I recently received some information about Queensland schools that I thought was very surprising. This information came from some members of the public who contacted PeakCare expressing their concerns about the absence of any legislated or administrative obligations requiring schools to be fenced.This was a surprise to me as I could not recall having ever seen a school that was no...

Cheaper to Medicate

“Children are one-third of our population and all of our future”-unknownThe overmedication of babies, children and teenagers is gaining more and more media attention both in Australia and around the world.The over prescribing of anti-depressant and antipsychotic medications in particular is becoming increasingly concerning. The decision to use of these drugs t...

The Week that Was.

As Child Protection Week has now ended for 2011, it’s timely to consider the question, “Are the systems and services designed to protect our children improving?”The answer is a mixed one – many things have improved, whilst others have a long way to go before, as a community, we can feel confident that our children are being adequately protected.If we look back in ti...

Listen, Believe, Report.

Today is White Balloon Day. As the 15th White Balloon Day campaign held during child protection week annually, this day is about recognition, awareness and support for victims of child sexual assault.When Braveheart’s Founder and Executive Director Hetty Johnston spoke at the White Balloon lunch, she outlined some alarming statistics....