Repeated abuse of children in foster care reveals Government’s failure of oversight

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Reports of hundreds of foster carers with repeated allegations of abuse levelled against them make it clear that the government is failing children in their care, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Tania Mihailuk said today. 

As revealed by Channel Seven, there were 340 allegations of abuse by foster carers investigated by FACS in 2013/14 – with 173 of these carers already having previous allegations of abuse against them.

“The fact that there have been 4,000 calls for emergency intervention in foster homes over the past three years – including more than 600 reports of sexual and violent abuse – is staggering,” Ms Mihailuk said.

“Most disturbing is that in just the past year alone, 34 people already known to FACS for alleged abuse were found to have abused children in their care.

“To think these children who have come from the most abusive of homes only to then be placed in further harm’s way is an unacceptable failure of the government. 

“These terrible figures are a direct consequence of the government’s reluctance to recognise the need to properly resource the child protection system in this state.

“The level of oversight required to adequately care for these children is simply not being met.

“The safety and well-being of our children is paramount, and this government must take immediate steps to ensure that no further harm is done to children in their care.”