Reposted froma story by: Renee Viellaris, Sarah Vogler From: The Courier-Mail December 07, 2012 12:30AM
APPROPRIATE HANDLING: Minister for Communities and Child Safety Tracy Davis. Picture: Darren England Source: The Courier-Mail
CHILD Safety Minister Tracy Davis needs to urgently step in and exercise her ministerial powers over cases where the State Government is using legal tactics to try to silence foster families.
CHILD Safety Minister Tracy Davis has defended the legal tactics of her department, which is blaming victims for being sexually assaulted by foster children.
Ms Davis said the Child Safety Department was doing a good job of placing foster kids, although some wards of the state have been charged or convicted of committing heinous crimes against foster families.
“I am satisfied that the Government is handling these legal proceedings appropriately,” she said when asked why her department was blaming foster parents for the crimes committed against their biological children.
Asked why the department was placing foster children with sexualised behaviours with young families she said: “The department identifies potential and suitable foster carers for children in these situations and also provides counselling and specialised support services if necessary.”
It was sparked after Mr Newman yesterday trumpeted his new child-sex laws on ABC Radio.
In another case, three daughters were sexually assaulted by a foster boy who had earlier been convicted of raping a three-year-old girl.
Both families are now suing and the department has lodged contribution claims against them. In the first case the department said the mother should have better supervised the foster boy and in the other case it said that the teenage girls should have locked their bedroom doors.
It means the department wants the parents to pay for any court-ordered compensation, and forces them to get separate lawyers for their children.
A spokeswoman for Mr Newman said the Premier could not respond to The Courier-Mail’s questions because he was in Canberra in meetings at the Council of Australian Governments forum.
The Courier-Mail asked Mr Newman to respond to the questions yesterday, including: Has the Premier been disturbed or upset by stories revealed in The Courier-Mail that show the parents of child-sex victims are being hit with contribution claims by the department? He was also asked whether he believed the Child Safety Department was a good department working well