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Qld mum bailed after toddler dies in car

A Townsville mother and her partner have been granted bail after being charged over the death of a three-year-old girl allegedly left in a car in soaring temperatures. Laura Rose Peverill, 37, and Aaron Danyel Hill, 29, applied for bail in Townsville Magistrate Court on Monday following the toddler's death on Friday. The pair have been charged with manslaughter. Police were called to the Townsville University Hospital on Friday afternoon after the girl's mother found the child dead in the car and rushed her to the hospital. "Unfortunately (this was) a very preventable and unfortunate tragedy," Detective Senior Sergeant Dave Miles earlier told reporters. "The charge manslaughter indicates that there's been negligence on the part of people responsible for this...

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Newcastle man charged with child abuse, bestiality in connection to global child sex ring

A Newcastle man has been charged with child sex offences and bestiality after allegedly being linked to a global online child abuse network. He is the fifteenth Australian to be arrested as part of Operation Arkstone, a major investigation led by the Australian Federal Police (AFP) to dismantle the sex abuse ring. Alleged offenders include childcare workers, a volunteer soccer coach, a disability support worker through to an electrician, a supermarket employee and a chef. The 54-year-old has been charged with numerous child abuse material offences and bestiality. The 54-year-old's Newcastle home was raided by the Australian Federal Police. (AFP) He was then arrested and later charged with multiple child abuse offences, including possessing or controlling child abuse material and both transmitting...

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COVID-19 and violence against children

Lockdowns across the world have pushed people into the privacy of their homes, unintentionally closing the shutters on violence against children. Children and young people are facing unprecedented threats to their childhoods and futures as a result of COVID-19. For many children, home is not a safe place – because it never was, or because it has become unsafe from the stresses resulting from COVID-19. Children living in crowded conditions in slums or refugee camps face increased tensions. The media reports an increase in domestic violence during lockdown. This is a cause for concern given the intrinsic interlinkages between violence against women and violence against children. The coronavirus pandemic poses a serious global threat to children’s safety, accentuating existing vulnerabilities and creating...

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Nearly 5,000 extra children predicted to be placed in out-of-home care from pandemic

A newly commissioned report has considered three scenarios to assess the impact of COVID-19 on families experiencing vulnerability coming to the concerning conclusion that, unless deliberate and considered action is taken, an additional 4,500 Victorian children could enter the out-of-home care system by 2026 as a result of COVID-19, increasing the total number of children potentially in out-of-home care in six years’ time to 27,500 children. The COVID-19 pandemic has exacerbated many of the risk factors for families that can lead to abuse and neglect, leaving Berry Street, who commissioned the report, and the Centre for Excellence in Child and Family Welfare concerned for the impact on both children and the child protection system. The report considers three scenarios to assess the impact of COVID-19 on families experiencing...

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