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‘Bean dad’ John Roderick slammed for demanding daughter work out how to use can opener

The internet has crowned its first villain of 2021 — a dad who used beans, a can-opener and some dubious parenting to teach his nine-year-old a life lesson and then boasted about it online. Social media users are in uproar after the dad refused to help his hungry daughter open a can of beans, insisting instead that she work it out for herself during a six-hour ordeal that he detailed in a series of since-deleted tweets. Musician and podcaster John Roderick — who dubbed himself “Apocalypse Dad” and has also become known as Bean Dad — refused to let his daughter eat until she worked out how to open the tin of beans without his help. This morning he had...

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Girl's premature death sparks call for greater parent oversight

Parents of chronically-ill children should be assessed if health or child protection services raise concerns about their childrearing capacity, a state government committee has recommended following the premature death of a girl with a chronic health condition who was subject to multiple child protection notifications. The South Australian Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee has also recommended that health services provide more cost-effective care for children who have lifelong disabilities or chronic health conditions. It follows the premature death of a girl with chronic illness in South Australia, who was subject to multiple Child Protection Department notifications in the years leading up to her death. According to the committee’s 2019-20 annual report tabled in parliament, she “died as a...

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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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