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TITLE INFORMATION


Author: Shurlee Swain

Title: History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children

Subtitle: -

Place: Sydney

Publisher: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

Year: October 2014

Pages: 45pp.

ISBN-13: 9781925118636 (print) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat | ISBN-13: 9781925118643 (online) – Find a Library: Wikipedia, WorldCat

Language: English

Keywords: 19th Century, 20th Century, 21st Century | Australian History | Prosecution: Laws; Types: Child Sexual Abuse



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Link: Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse (Free Access)



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Author: Shurlee Swain, Australian Catholic University

Abstract: »This paper documents Australian inquiries into institutions providing out-of-home care for children between 1852 and 2013. It identifies three categories of inquiries. The first, dating from 1852 through to the post-war period, was concerned with establishing and refining the child welfare system; the second, dating from the 1860s to the 1990s, convened in response to allegations of abuse. The third, dating from the 1990s to today, focuses on hearing survivor testimony. The paper argues that an inability or unwillingness to recognise abuse, and a tendency to individualise the problem where it could not be ignored, may well have served the interests of the government and non-government institutions that provided child welfare services, but did little to protect the children entrusted to the children’s ‘care’.« (Source: Shurlee Swain. History of Australian inquiries reviewing institutions providing care for children. Sydney 2014: 3)

Contents:

  Preface (p. 1)
  Executive summary (p. 3)
  Overview of inquiries in Australia reviewing institutions providing care (p. 4)
    Scope and sources (p. 4)
    Categorisation (p. 5)
    Establishing a system (p. 6)
    Damage control (p. 7)
    Listening to the victims (p. 9)
  Appendix 1: Australian inquiries into institutions accommodating those under the age of 18, 1852-2013 (p. 12)

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