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Month: June 2016 (page 1 of 3)

Last day!

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 We have made it! Today is the last day of #blogjune. This means we have written a post for every (working) day in June. We have had 11 authors for the month and 21 blog posts.
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Civil Litigation

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 The Senate report, Betrayal of Trust and the Royal Commission have all made recommendations about the need to provide external oversight to ensure that claims made against institutions, via civil litigation for abuse, are transparent and non‐adversarial.
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Broken links – so much more than frustration

404Error Are they trying to hide something? I’ve been led astray! (Participant, Find & Connect Usability testing, 2012) Broken links are all over the internet, but what few people realise is the powerful, negative, even traumatising effect they can have on vulnerable people. Fixing them is part of my job, and something that takes (quite a lot of) time.
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‘Let me tell you’: Designing personal digital archives for children in out-of-home care

LifeStory Personal recordkeeping refers to the processes of creating, capturing, organising and pluralising records of a personal nature, whether by the individuals themselves or by others. This means that the records that are created about a child in out-of-home care (OOHC) actually forms part of that child’s personal recordkeeping.
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‘Your mum wrote every week’

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 The records held by past providers are vitally important to Care Leavers seeking to understand their own past, and are potential evidence for individual legal action and enquiries such as the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse. Access to records is a key step to restorative justice, and organisations can show their commitment by being transparent about the records they hold.
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Service Records as a piece of the puzzle

Leonard_Bugg_thumbRecently at Lotus Place we have noticed a flurry of interest in service records, particularly from World War Two. Overwhelmingly these relate to fathers / grandfathers / brothers / uncles but there are also a number of mothers / grandmothers / sisters / aunts who enlisted. People find a range of benefits when they access a service record.
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Ripple Effect

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 New resources and information are continually coming to light around the historical institutions that provided care for children. The Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse is one of the ways that significant amounts of knowledge is being shared with the broader community.
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Constant reminders

tn_FemaleOrphanSchool Nearly two years ago, toward the end of Blogjune 2014, I wrote a post about a visit to the Royal BC Museum in Victoria, Canada, and the overwhelming feeling that stories about the residential school system were eerily similar to those I knew from working on the Find & Connect web resource.
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The South Australian Apology – eight years on…

tn_Memorial Eight years ago on 17 June 2008 the Premier of South Australia the Hon M.D. Rann moved a motion in Parliament for an apology to the South Australian child victims of abuse while in State Care. Two years later four giant steel daisies bloomed in Peace Park, Adelaide with the unveiling of a Memorial honouring these children.
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Our side of the story

tn_jigsawmotifcrop3 Care Leavers share with me their shock at some of what we find in our records. The language hits us between the eyes. Our counterparts in the nineteenth century were tagged by a battalion of adjectives: criminal or neglected, destitute, abandoned, deserted, unkempt, illegitimate, wayward, slovenly, deserving or undeserving.
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