In April this year, the Victorian Government announced a parliamentary inquiry into the handling of alleged criminal abuse of children by religious and other organisations.
The scale of the abuse – which was most prevalent through the 1960s, 70s and 80s – is now becoming apparent, and has received significant media coverage over the past weeks.
The recently introduced offshore processing policies have been heavily criticised, with many calling for major works to be undertaken on facilities and supports before woman and children asylum seekers are accepted.
The Brimbank Weekly has published another story detailing a successful foster care story from St Albans.
Reports continue to emerge about the growing demand for support services, with data collected across Port Phillip demonstrating significant increases in reported assaults over the past 12 months.