What a disgraceful failure of Brumby Government - but what troubling evidence of the social decay that has so overwhelmed it:
VICTORIA’S most vulnerable children are being physically and sexually abused, raped by other children and sexually exploited by carers while in the state child protection system.
A damning Ombudsman’s report has uncovered a number of instances where children in foster care, residential homes and the care of relatives have had their limbs broken, seen their guardians selling drugs to other children and been kept with families despite evidence of abuse.
In what the opposition has described as a “sickening” report, Ombudsman George Brouwer has identified a number of failures by the Department of Human Services, including not screening carers properly, especially when the person is an extended relative of the child, failing to adhere to procedures and not taking appropriate action against carers after cases of abuse…
Mr Brouwer drew on statistics from the Child Safety Commissioner, who found 593 children were subject to alleged physical or sexual abuse while in care from 2008 to 2009. There were also 73 incidents of prostitution involving 21 children.