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FACS boss reveals 500 NSW foster carers are being investigated over alleged inappropriate behaviour

on Fri, 10/04/2013 - 09:27
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FACS boss reveals 500 NSW foster carers are being investigated over alleged inappropriate behaviour

The New South Wales Family and Community Services department (FACS) has revealed around 500 foster carers are being investigated for inappropriate behaviour.

The head of the department Michael Coutts-Trotter says 36 investigators are working full-time to clear the backlog and he hopes that will occur by the end of the year.

It has been revealed a man accused of sexually inappropriate behaviour was allowed to continue fostering children and later confessed to raping a child in his care.

Mr Coutts-Trotter says about half of the allegations under investigation are serious but in many other cases it

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NSW DoCS Case worker charged with sexual abuse

on Fri, 11/30/2012 - 03:57
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NSW DoCS Case worker charged with sexual abuse

A HUNTER-based Department of Family and Community Services case worker has been charged with the sexual abuse of a nine-year-old girl.

Detectives arrested the 54-year-old man this  afternoon   and took him to Waratah police station where he was charged with four counts of aggravated sexual assault.

He was refused bail and will face Newcastle bail court tomorrow.

He has also been stood down from his employment with the department.

Community Services Minister Pru Goward said last night she was shocked to learn of the arrest.

The matter was reported to police earlier this week and

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Pru Goward Media Release - NSW DoCS more powers

on Thu, 11/15/2012 - 11:08
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Pru Goward Media Release - NSW DoCS more powers

Pru Goward MP
Minister for Family and Community Services
Minister for Women
MEDIA RELEASE
Thursday 15 November 2012
MAKING PARENTS MORE RESPONSIBLE
Minister for Family and Community Services Pru Goward today announced a range of
bold new reforms being developed and proposed by the NSW Government in child
protection.
A Discussion Paper detailing proposed reforms to the NSW child protection system,
including proposed improvements to making parents more responsible, will be
released next week.
“This paper is partly focussed on parents who fail to protect their children,” Ms Goward
said.
“Parents must

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Foster care outsourcing by NSW government Department of Family Community Services worries union

on Tue, 04/24/2012 - 11:21

Foster children could fall through the gaps if the NSW government transfers almost 12,000 youngsters out of state care and into the non-government sector, a union says.

Under changes unveiled by the NSW government on Tuesday, 11,813 children and young people now in statutory, or court-ordered, care in NSW will no longer be looked after by social workers from the Department of Family and Community Services (DoCS).

Instead they will have their care overseen by NGOs.

All non-Aboriginal children and young people in statutory care will be transferred over five years, while the transition will

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Pru Goward NSW Minister for Family and Community Services

on Wed, 03/14/2012 - 09:15
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Pru Goward NSW Minister for Family and Community Services stealing children and extorting money from devastated parents.

Pru Goward, Minister for Family and Community Services in NSW made a pre-election promise to return 4000 children to their homes, which would still not reduce the average number of children in foster carer throughout NSW to the national average.

Not only is she a thief, but an extortionist. Money has taken over her list of priorities, extorted from devastated parents who have had their children legally kidnapped.