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18-month-old toddler’s rash hid devastating diagnosis

When mum of four Kirsty O’Brien noticed a rash on her youngest child she was told not to worry. But just days later there was devastating news. Before she noticed a rash on the body of her 18-month-old daughter, Kirsty O’Brien said she “didn’t even realise” that kids could get cancer. “I’d had four children – Ava was my youngest – and they were all so healthy. We were never even at the doctors,” Ms O’Brien told news.com.au. “And the bubble I was living in, I didn’t even realise that kids got cancer. That was something I thought happened to people who were older and didn’t look after themselves. I just could not fathom how it could happen to a...

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'No student left behind': Victorian government to deploy thousands of tutors

Wendy Powson was already looking for tutors to help students get back to speed after one of the longest periods of remote learning in the world. The Lilydale High School principal invited final-year teaching students to Lilydale to tutor students who had fallen behind during the coronavirus pandemic. But she doesn't need to go it alone anymore. The Victorian government on Tuesday announced it would spend $250 million to put 4100 tutors in every government school and some non-government schools next year. The Andrews government is calling on final-year teaching students, teachers on leave and casual and retired teachers to work in small groups with the students who have been most disadvantaged by school closures. It expects more than 200,000...

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Kinship care is under assault in Australia

When a child is at risk of harm the first place that Child Protection Services look for an appropriate carer is within the family… There is no legislative provision which protects the rights of kinship or foster parents. Support of kinship carers by the child protection system is an area of the legislation that must be urgently addressed.  Kinship care is under assault in Australia. When a child is at risk of harm the first place that child protection services look for an appropriate carer is within the family. When a family member is identified and proves that a child will be safe in their care then the department will formally place the child with the carer. Because this is the...

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Mother of bullied Indigenous boy Quaden Bayles calls for new law to address bullying at schools

Key points: Yarraka Bayles has told a royal commission schools need a bullying reporting mechanism She says it took a viral video for Quaden's problems to be addressed at his school Ms Bayles says a "Quaden's law" could help reduce the frequency of bullying at schools The mother of an Indigenous boy living with a form of dwarfism who threatened self-harm earlier this year has told the disability royal commission she wants a new law to combat bullying in schools. A video of nine-year-old Quaden Bayles crying after he was bullied went viral in February after his mother Yarraka Bayles posted it on Facebook. Quaden is a Murri boy who lives with a common form of dwarfism called achondroplasia. Ms...

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My child is being bullied at school – can I change their school if my ex-partner doesn’t agree?

When parties separate, often parents will either come to an agreement or enter into orders about the future care and education of their children. In some circumstances, this may mean that parents agree to have their child attend a specific school. But what if your child is bullied at that school? What if your former partner opposes the child changing schools? In any parenting dispute, the primary consideration is what is in the best interests of the child. In previous cases where a child has been bullied, and the parents have been in dispute about whether the child ought to change schools, the court has considered the following when determining whether the bullying warranted the child changing schools: Whether the...

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