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Children neglected

By Special G - 26 June 2008 92

Reports of a woman neglecting her 4 children in an Ainslie residence have her facing Court thismorning. Details are provided by ACT Police media here, the Canberra Times here and News.com here.

ACT Police attended the residence re reports she had breached a protection order and found the children living in squalor.

Reports state ACT care and protection attempted to remove the children back in 2005 and were denied by the Courts. They had since been checking in on them. The Crimes also reports of a simliar incident in SA.

One wonders if the incident of the twins dying in QLD will prompt the Courts to take action sooner in relation to neglect of small children.

Where is the best place for children as parents are deemed the best option although in severly dysfunctional households this is clearly not in the best interests of the child and foster care has a bad rep aswell. discuss

What’s Your opinion?


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Children neglected
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peterh 11:14 am
26 Jun 08
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What I want to know, is when does a parent decide to let their kids take second place? If you can’t handle everything that is going on, ask for help. My wife was struggling to cope with the twins when they were newborn, I couldn’t take much time off to help, and a wonderful carer group stepped in after we called them. They are a church based organisation, and weren’t judgmental of us, they honestly wanted to help. Since then, one of the carers has become a trusted friend to us and godmother to the twins.

If we had not asked for help, perhaps the outcome would have been different.

I have had to skip meals to allow the purchase of essentials for my kids (large amounts of nappies / formula etc), but that was my choice and something that I felt I had to do.

I was carrying a bit of extra weight at the time, so I could survive on body fat :->

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Clown Killer 11:30 am
26 Jun 08
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What I want to know, is when does a parent decide to let their kids take second place?

One word Peter. Drugs. Not always, but a hell of a lot of the time. I also think that there’s going to be more to this story than whats in the public domain at present.

I to find it hard to understand how any parent can neglect the fundamental duty of care that they have to their children.

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Thumper 11:42 am
26 Jun 08
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Seriously, some people should not breed.

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peterh 11:56 am
26 Jun 08
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Thumper said :

Seriously, some people should not breed.

unfortunately, they do. what needs to be instilled into these people is: “get a backbone! doesn’t end when you pull your pants up / roll over etc” you are responsible for a LIFE!

why do they have these kids then ignore them? mine delight me every day – my 3yo painting the walls brown (eeeew) was a bit of a surprise, but I am working full time, so missed the clean up, just the description.

i have mates that were into the drug scene, grew up, had kids, and their priorities changed. the priorities were drummed into them by their parents. they knew that kids came first everything else second.

the one time I have seen a child in neglect, I was horrified and saddened by the fact that the parents did not initially ask for help. The mum had had a nervous breakdown, the dad had tried his best to continue looking after the kids. I stepped in after he asked for help, and they are fine now, after a lot of hard work. I did not judge them, I just helped out where they needed it. (and at that stage, I wasn’t even a parent)

maybe the ACT government should put some of the “Budget surplus” into an ad campaign saying:

IF YOU CAN’T COPE, ASK FOR HELP!
contact act health for more info…..

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smokey4 11:58 am
26 Jun 08
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Unfortunately Thumper they breed quite well. This a society problem and is managed by to many govt departments. ie Facsia, Centrelink, HIC state and in other places local government agencies plus several charities. Sort of works on the basis that one agency will get it right. There is no cheap fix. Society does not value the time and effort to correct the problem.

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Mr Evil 12:09 pm
26 Jun 08
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$5000/newborn kid – why wouldn’t these muppets breed!

The reality is that $5000 doesn’t go very far if you spend it on drugs, alcohol, ciggies, bingo or lotto!

A hot poker up the coit/schlong for all of them!!!!!

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peterh 12:24 pm
26 Jun 08
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smokey4 said :

Unfortunately Thumper they breed quite well. This a society problem and is managed by to many govt departments. ie Facsia, Centrelink, HIC state and in other places local government agencies plus several charities. Sort of works on the basis that one agency will get it right. There is no cheap fix. Society does not value the time and effort to correct the problem.

Smokey4, I have been involved in several programs over the years, YMCA, Youth Insearch, church groups etc. I value the time and effort, as i have had to use carers who were volunteers. the bigger problem is that there is a lack of education in the schooling system about what happens with kids when you are a parent. there is emphasis on sex ed, and pregnancy / birth, but nothing on changing nappies, burping, waking for feeds at 1 am, 3am, 5am, then going to work / school with less than 3 hours sleep.
perhaps if the day to day experience of being a parent was drummed into the next generation, less people would rush in to being a parent.

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Absent Diane 12:42 pm
26 Jun 08
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mr evil you beat me to the punch line..

there 3 types of people that have kids.. those that want them, those that can’t think for themselves and think it is what they are supposed to do and those that just want the baby bonus.

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I-filed 12:43 pm
26 Jun 08
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Thanks peterh – often these cases are mental illness, and neighbours should be helping, not tut-tutting.

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Whatsup 12:55 pm
26 Jun 08
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Mental illness and / or drugs could easily be catalyst of this situation. Lets hope the people involved get all the support they need to sort themselves out and the children are given the care and tools required to stop the cycle continuing.

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Ralph 12:59 pm
26 Jun 08
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Thankyou, Mr Whitlam.

Blame the welfare state for these degenerates.

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Snahons_scv6_berlina 1:42 pm
26 Jun 08
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AD, there are really only 2 types of people that have kids, those that are responsible and those that aren’t.

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Clown Killer 1:49 pm
26 Jun 08
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You don’t have to go back to Whitlam. Howard was singlehandedly responsible for building the greatest nanny-welfare state since federation – it’s going to take decades to pull that appart.

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chaton 1:50 pm
26 Jun 08
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It makes me sad that there are so many amazing people who can’t have children, who would be the most amazing parents, and then a bunch of idiots breeding and bringing kids into the world in an awful cycle of abuse, neglect etc

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Mr_Shab 2:07 pm
26 Jun 08
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Good one Ralph. We all know that before Whitlam, no-one ever neglected their children, got addicted to drugs or alcohol, or engaged in any type of crime.

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