Lisa Neville

DHS Confirms Failures in its Child Protection Work

Lisa Neville, Children’s Minister for Victoria, is under heavy fire for her handling of the case of three young girls under the protection of the Department of Human Services (DHS).

The girls were returned by the DHS to their mother in March, and have since been neglected by the department, their grandmother says. The woman said that an administrative error in April led to the department forgetting to apply to court for a new protection order giving social workers access to the children.

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Welfare Workers Fail to Provide Protection to Three Vulnerable Kids

Lisa Neville, who is the Community Services Minister, is unsure about how many times the welfare workers visited the family of a girl who was taken to hospital after she took ecstasy.

The grandmother of 2.5-year-old girl and two siblings was taking care of them for around two years, when it was discovered that the kids were dwelling in ‘filthy’ conditions.

But in March because of the failure to extend a court order by the department, the children were handled to their mother, after she showed a noticeable improvement.

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