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Junior sports player who raped fellow teen has prison sentence wholly suspended by ACT Supreme Court

Key points: The offender and victim were both 17 years old at the time of the assault Justice David Mossop acknowledged the boy "did not pay attention to consent", but said sending someone to jail for a crime committed as a minor should be a last resort The now-19-year-old received an 11-month sentence, 100 hours of community service and an 18-month good behaviour order An elite junior sports player who raped a fellow teenager in the back of a car after an 18th birthday party will not spend time behind bars. The ACT Supreme Court found the now-19-year-old man guilty of two counts of sexual intercourse without consent and one count of indecency over the attack when both he and...

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Final photos of NSW baby girl before she died with unexplained bruising

An inquest has heard “vigorous shaking” may have contributed to the death of a seven-month-old baby in a northern NSW unit. On December 4, 2015, the mother says she left her baby “laughing” in a red walker in the care of her former partner at a Grafton complex. The partner, who along with baby AH and the mother cannot be named for legal reasons, had taken ice the night before the child died. He says the mother had left to pick up cannabis she later chopped up in the bathroom, minutes before her child died. When she returned home, about 40 minutes later, she saw her hand moving on the couch where she was sleeping. In 2015, the mother says...

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National Redress Scheme falls short for survivors

The Healing Foundation says the National Redress Scheme for survivors of institutional child sexual abuse is falling short of delivering trauma aware healing informed responses. Because the majority of submissions published by the Joint Select Committee reflect the views of non-Indigenous survivors, or the interests of the institutions, The Healing Foundation has lodged a submission to ensure the experiences of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander survivors are considered as part of the review. The Healing Foundation CEO Fiona Petersen is today appearing before the Joint Select Committee in Parliament to ensure that the redress process reduces re-traumatisation and is delivered in a trauma aware and healing informed way. “As the voices of Stolen Generations survivors have made clear, Aboriginal and...

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New website for the National Office for Child Safety, updated links to important resources

The National Office for Child Safety (NOCS) launched a new website earlier this month, coinciding with National Child Protection Week. The refresh has enhanced information on NOCS’ work, as well as links to important child safety resources and support services. Designed to evolve to meet the needs of the community, new functionality on the site allows for easy navigation, and will allow stakeholders and the community to sign up for updates.  There are a range of resources on the site which have been designed to support child safety, such as the National Principles for Child Safe Organisations which are available in 10 translated languages, and the Complaint Handling Guide: Upholding the Rights of Children and Young People, a resource to support organisations that work with children to appropriately...

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Emergency foster care is something any family should consider doing, advocates say

Every night Angie Tsuro goes to bed with her phone on Do Not Disturb. It means only two categories of people can actually call: Close family members, and Wanslea, the West Australian child welfare agency for whom she and husband Gilbert Tsuro are emergency foster carers. When Wanslea calls in the middle of the night, it is because somewhere in Perth, there is a child in need of emergency foster care. When Angie Tsuro gets a call in the middle of the night, it is often because somewhere in Perth, there is a child in need of emergency foster care.(ABC News: Hugh Sando) And the Tsuros, who have two sons aged 10 and 13, are ready and waiting. "Sometimes there's...

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