Mia’s thoughts on the story below- Nothing ever changes in the state of queensland, when I lived there the actual minister for childrens service himself was uncovered as a pedophile and it was discovered he filled his department with fellow pedophile scum so they have had a few years to fall apart again.
Reposted from a story by Michael Madigan The Brisbane Courier-Mail June 24, 2013 12:00AM
THE most startling admission made by Commissioner Tim Carmody during his yearlong deliberations on the state’s rising tide of child abuse was that he had no answers.
He openly told the commission he could only try and better manage a problem society largely ignored until the turn of the century, when animals had better legislative protection than children.
Queensland’s recognition and acceptance of the problem might be said to pivot on the Forde Inquiry, which was established in 1998 and examined more than 150 orphanages and detention centres operating all the way back to 1911.
More than 300 people provided information to the commission and shared their often tragic life experiences. Commissioner Leneen Forde, the former Queensland governor, wrote in her report: “For individuals, their childhood experiences, the separation from their parents and siblings and their placement in orphanages and detention centres have deeply scarred them and had an immeasurable impact on the rest of their lives.”
From there, mirroring a trend across the western world, locking up what were once known as “wards of the state” became unfashionable as foster caring increased and a less restraining residential care system took over. But foster care also had its problems.
In 2003, the then Crimes and Misconduct Commission held another inquiry into the foster care system, prompted partly by stories in The Courier Mail about the sexual abuse of an indigenous child. That in turn led to the appointment of the inaugural Minister for Child Safety, Townsville Labor MP Mike Reynolds, who, from 2004 to 2006, had ministerial responsibilities for adoptions, child protection services, foster and kinship carers.
The present inquiry stems from an election promise made by LNP Premier Campbell Newman.
Commissioner Carmody has proven relentless in his examination of an often sordid and unpleasant subject matter while recognising his limitations in solving a problem which, despite his best efforts, is probably going to worsen.
“You can’t legislate against bad parents,” he wearily told the commission one afternoon.
Carmody’s expected recommendation of secure containment of our most trouble teens who, for whatever reason, can’t live with their parents might stir some opposition. But it’s probably the wisest way of helping them avoid a lifetime of incarceration in our prison cells.
What the Carmody inquiry told us:
* Between 5 and 10 per cent of the state’s nearly 1.1 million children will suffer some form of abuse.
* There were more than 7600 kids in state care in 2011, compared to 5527 adult prisoners.
* One in five children living in a substance abuse environment will be physically or sexually attacked.
* The cost of foster and kinship care for kids from broken Queensland families will be $25.1 million over the next four years.
* Reports and notifications of Queensland child abuse tripled in the past decade, from 33,697 in 2001-02 to 114,503 in 2011-12.
* Male teenagers in state care are 18 times more likely to die before the age of 25 than those raised by parents at home.
* A total of $735.5 million was spent on direct child protection services in Queensland in 2011-12, an increase of 302 per cent on 2003-04