VIC

Cummins Report (Vic.)

The Protecting Victoria's Vulnerable Children Inquiry by the Victorian Government - known as the Cummins Report after its Chair Philip Cummins - provided a comprehensive overview of the contemporary Child Protection and out-of-home Care sectors. It made a range of recommendations that led to the development of new services, including the Bounce Project

Read more: http://childprotectioninquiry.archive.vic.gov.au/report-pvvc-inquiry.html


BWAHS

Boorndawan Willam Healing Service (BWAHS) is an Aboriginal Controlled Community Organisation specialising in family violence healing services, in Melbourne's eastern metropolitan area.

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More information: bwahs.com.au/


Voluntary Placement - recognition campaigns

Many children were placed into Care by their parents, rather than by the State. Children placed into Care "voluntarily" have been described as "largely invisible" to State Authorities (Forgotten Australians Report, p.72) Although the experiences of these children were similar or identical to those who were State Wards, there has been less recognition of their needs and support. In particular, access to records is often more difficult. Current campaigns are aimed at redressing this imbalance. For example, Tracie Oldham has led a sustained advocacy campaign through her own published memoir - My Shitty Life, publicity through social media, and direct lobbying of politicians.

For instance, Minister for Child Protection and Family Services, Hon. Colin Brooks MP acknowledged Oldham's activism in the Victorian Parliament, during discussions about the development of Victorian Redress Program in August 2022. He was responding to a question from MP Tania Maxwell, Derryn Hinch's Justice Party, who had highlighted Oldham's work in advocating for the status of those who were placed "voluntarily" into Care.

Key people: Tracie Oldham

More information: www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJRj8cYUwsE


knowmore

knowmore is a legal advice service for survivors of sexual abuse. It was established in 2013 to support people who were ginving information to the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse.

https://knowmore.org.au/about-us/history/


Open Place (Vic)

A support and advocacy service for survivors of institutional Care in Victoria. Established and funded by the Victorian Government as one of its commitments after its formal apology to Victorian Forgotten Australians in 2006. Initially funding was provided to the community sector organisation Berry Street to manage Open Place. In July 2020 Relationships Australia Victoria became the provider of Open Place.

www.openplace.org.au


CLAN - Australian Orphanage Museum

Care Leavers Australiasia Network (CLAN) manages and operates the Australian Orphanage Museum. Established in 2001 at the CLAN offices at the time in Bankstown, NSW, it is in Geelong, Victoria. Scheduled for official re-opening in 2023.


Victorian Memorial

Located on Southbank Promenade, next to the Yarra River.

World within, world without (2010) by Helen Bodycomb
This artwork reflects the constellations above Victoria at 11am on 16 November 2009, when Prime Minister Kevin Rudd made his national apology to the ’Forgotten Australians’. Wattle blossoms represent the one thousand most visible stars and planets, one for every one hundred children who were in Victorian state care. Here we remember those thousands of children who were separated from their families and grew up or spent time in Victorian orphanages, children’s homes and foster homes last century. Many were frightened, abused and neglected. We acknowledge the many shattered lives and the courage and strength of those who survived. Unveiled 25th October 2010 and developed with the support of the Australian and Victorian Governments and the City of Melbourne.”


The Leaving of Liverpool

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Care Leaver Redress Scheme (Vic)

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Bringing Them Home Report

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