What can we do about the corruption in DOCS?
What can we do?
I did't think we could do class action? Am I wrong?
There's absolutely -
Nothing safe about the Department of Child Safety!
I want to warn nurses and allied health about doing 'mandatory reporting'. As one Queensland Health employee said 'you would really want to make sure there was a case of child abuse before you submit those forms/ paperwork'.
DOCS even gave out my address to the father of my child. I had moved house when; I was pregnant and was silently listed.They knew I was scared of him.
The father later then teased me in a menacing way stating that he now knows where I live (I taped this phone call).
There should be some steps in place where an independant body investigates claims of abuse to see whether it is substantiated before it all goes to court and DOCS do their pulling out all stops to incriminate the parent.
Incidentally, it cost me $20,000 to have legal representation during DOCS involvement. I had to remortgage my house. No legal aid for me. Why should I have to pay for DOCS lies that kept this cas going? Imagine what it cost the tax payer. DOCS go on about not having enough funding - well they seemed to throw loads of money into fighitng me alone.
DOCS should stop snatching and grabbing children on a whim and get a proper view of the situation before they act.
It is the child at the end of the day that is harmed by DOCS' actions.
My son was removed from my care for 7 months and there was no actual harm done (ie physical, sexual, emotional, psychological, or physical).
He was placed in foster care where he ended up with being assulted physically by the foster father. He was belted on his bottom for pooing his pants. The bruises lasted for 1 week! He was taken to the hospital and it is recorded in a hospital file. Then DOCS tried to hush it up. The father of my child told me.
Docs then sent the child interstate to the father/ paternal grandparents. They said my mother was 'too old to be a kinship carer at 70yo'.
When I asked the new DOCS worker about the physical assult she said she didn't know anything about it and said 'I am going to look into this why it isn't in the file'. I have this covnversation on tape - like many others. I have some of the most inane conversations with the original CSO who told me that 'thoughts are enough for us' and so much other crap.
In the mean time DOCS are writing letters to the father's solicitor, after the abuse happened and they knew about it - but not mentioning it, encouraging the father to go for sole custody of the child (Family Law) in NSW.
It was really badly handled. DOCS could not say sorry and hand the child back. They just kept moving the goal posts and making me jump through more hoops.
Some of those DOCS workers are really evil.
When I handed in my letter of complaint to Jan Stuckey's office, and they read it and saw the names of the DOCS workers they replied 'oh we know about her...'.
They absolutely achieved nothing by removing my son for 7 months. He was not abused and was not going to be.
And if he was a child at risk then when does he cease to be a child at risk? So if it was so important to keep him away from me and only give me 1 two hour access visit per week for 15 or so weeks - why ever give him back? Get what I mean?
They did nothing - except cause a lot of grief to my family.
You should have seen the look on his little face when he was driven off after the access visit. I am crying now when I think about it and this is years later.
If I had trouble coming to terms with it, then how the hell did he comprehend this? Aren't these the formative years in a child's life - then what the hell are DOCS trying to do? DESTROY THESE CHILDREN?? Trust Vs mistrust/ Autonomy Vs Shame and Doubt (Errikson). Have DOCS done some deep psychological stuff up to my son's head?
There's no counselling afterwards, just hand him back and off they go. You are left with the damage.
In my personal life and in my professional life I come across quite a few people who have DOCS in their lives. A lot of it seems over the top - DOCS are very heavy handed and punitive.
DOCS seem to have a lot to answer for. No tansparency, no accountability, no truth not to mention their confabulations.
Be warned DCOS play dirty and it ain't about child safety. It couldn't be further from the truth.
The people and children of Queensland deserve better than this.
and lastly - DOCUMENT, have witnesses, tape the conversations, get a good solicitor, find your allies, move your evidence off your premises.