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Published on 15 June 2015: A new report has found a high percentage of children placed in out-of-home care are being involuntarily separated from their siblings despite evidence showing the importance of maintaining sibling relationships.
Published on 09 June 2015: The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is continuing its work in western Victoria this week by making a public appeal for survivors of abuse from Geelong Grammar School to come forward.
Published on 09 June 2015: A Catholic Church diocese in central Queensland is setting up a new support service to help child abuse survivors, but questions remain about how the system will work and how it will fit into existing approaches to assisting survivors on a national scale.
Published on 05 June 2015: 47 survivors of child abuse in Ireland have appealed decisions by the body set up to monitor requests for help from the redress fund known as ‘Caranua’, but just three of the appeals have been upheld.
Published on 05 June 2015: Survivors of institutional child abuse in Scotland will benefit from an extra £14.5 million in funding for a dedicated support service as a major historic abuse inquiry is launched.
Published on 05 June 2015: The Family Court didn’t have the jurisdiction to deal with de facto couples until 2009, but these days it's just as common for disputes to arise in de facto relationships as there are in marriages.
Published on 02 June 2015: Report released by The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse - “Implementation of recommendations arising from previous inquiries of relevance to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse”
Published on 29 May 2015: Speaking today at the final day of the current Ballarat Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual abuse hearings, Bishop Paul Bird stated that a conviction of child abuse should be met with laicization.
Published on 28 May 2015: Convicted paedophile and defrocked priest Gerald Ridsdale again appeared by videolink before the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse today.
Published on 27 May 2015: Giving further evidence to the Royal Commission, Gerald Ridsdale admitted to abusing children in Ballarat East, Apollo Bay, Inglewood, Edenhope and Mortlake in the 1970s. He also said that a senior cleric knew about the offending in the 1970s and 80s.
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