Media focus on riot crime neglects social factors

Media focus on riot crime neglects social factors

Today’s media update focuses on the London riots, coverage of which has emphasised "criminal opportunism", failures of policing and individual moral responsibility, and has included descriptions of the spreading lawlessness as a sickness, contagion or virus.

Here we have selected coverage questioning the social origins of the riots (including the response to the London police shooting), with a Salvation Army opinion piece in today’s Herald Sun asking whether similar riots could happen here.

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Residential care and human rights in the media

Residential care and human rights in the media

Today’s media update leads with reported allegations by former workers and a former board member from Warrnambool community service organisation, Community Connections. There was also substantial coverage over the weekend of the human rights charter and sentencing.

Your comments on any of these issues are most welcome and can be made here using our comment form (anonymously if you wish).

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Media focus on homeless children and youth

Media focus on homeless children and youth

Today’s media update reflects Homeless Persons’ Week, with several reports highlighting impacts on children, youth and women.

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Media continues focus on sentencing changes

Media continues focus on sentencing changes

Today’s media update reflects a continuing focus on the sentencing survey recently launched by the Victorian Government (see previous media scan). The Protecting Victoria’s Vulnerable Children Inquiry, children’s health and proposed family law changes also feature.
 

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Have your say on after-hours child protection protocol

Have your say on after-hours child protection protocol

The Department of Human Services has invited the Centre to gather sector feedback on the protocol for out-of-home care providers contacting the After Hours Child Protection Emergency Service (AHCPES).

Development of the interim protocol began in 2007, and the current consultation will help to consolidate the protocol based on sector experience since then.

The consultation will be open from Monday 1 August until close of business on Friday 26 August.

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Facing up to Facebook promotes safe use of technology

Today social media brings many benefits as well as challenges, with technologies such as Facebook looming large in often sensational media coverage. With vulnerable children, young people and families, a key challenge is supporting the safe use of these technologies rather than preventing access and further entrenching disadvantage across the digital divide.

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