Canberra girl allegedly manipulated by child protection worker

Tuesday, 18 July 2017, 04:19:27 AM. An ACT child protection worker allegedly tried to persuade a girl in foster care to drop a domestic violence order against her former foster family so she could see her little brother.
Photo: A case worker allegedly showed the girl photos of her former foster family, telling her she could abandon the DVO. (ABC News: Jake Evans) A Canberra child protection worker allegedly tried to persuade a girl in foster care to drop a domestic violence order (DVO) against her former foster family in order to see her little brother. The ACT Government case worker allegedly showed the girl, who the ABC will refer to as Olivia, photos of her former foster parents - against one of whom Olivia had taken out the restraining order. The case worker allegedly told her "look how much they love you" while going through the pictures, before telling the girl she could abandon the domestic violence order. It is claimed Olivia's foster family prevented her from seeing her little brother, who still lives with them, unless she dropped the DVO. The children, who are Aboriginal, have been kept apart for almost a year, despite several reports and complaints made by multiple people to the Community Services Directorate, some of which were allegedly not responded to. The directorate was not able to comment on the allegations as it said it was obligated by law not to release child protection information publicly. It said reports of concern were immediately assigned to a worker independent of the casework team. Girl 'assaulted' by foster father Bill Bashford resigned earlier this year from his minister-appointed role as official visitor, out of frustration over the directorate's handling of...Read more
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