Explore how the consequences of the Stolen Generations manifest for Indigenous children and young people, particularly in relation to identity development From 1869, Indigenous Australian families were ravaged by colonising Europeans. It was not until 1975 that Aboriginal children were able to live with their families without being forced into an adopting white family (Korff, 2013). The Aboriginal children who were taken are referred to as the Stolen Generation; with its members still suffering from the trauma and confusing development they endured at a young age (Burns 2008). Every Aboriginal child suffered developmental issues regardless of the age they were taken. A newborn that is forcibly removed is deprived of breastfeeding, denying it health benefits and the opportunity for a closer mother-child bond.
These policies included protectionism, assimilation, integration and finally self-determination. The first government policy was protectionism which was during the 19th and 20th centuries. Protectionism was the idea that Aboriginal Australians needed to be separated from white Australians and ‘protected’ for their own good as they were a dying race. Under this policy Aboriginal people were removed from their traditional land and were placed on government-run reserves or church-run missions where they were to live. Some half-caste children were removed from their tribe and were placed in white families.
The stolen generation The stolen generation were children of Australian Aboriginal who were removed from their families by the Australian Federal and government. The removals happened in the period between 1909 and 1969, but the stolen generation is still today a big issue for Australia, and it has resulted in social conflicts over the last years. The social impacts of forced removal have been found to be quite hard, and the issues concern almost every Australian in one way or another. Discrimination has been present since white population began in Australia, and it still exists in certain extent. The removal of Aboriginals children from their parents has been a policy in all states of Australia at different times.
Attachment Theory and Child Abuse Alan Challoner MA (Phil) MChS Abstract Child abuse is seen to follow a general pattern and it is the intrusion of fear into what might otherwise be good enough care-giving that is necessary for the development of a disorganised or disoriented attachment. Research has shown that in the case of the rejected infant only one signal is required to throw the child into conflict. Withdrawal tendencies occur as a result of main carer’s threat. This paper seeks to find some reasons for the perpetuation of abuse through the generations, and draws attention to the potential remedies. ______________ In recent years research has shown that the revealed characteristics of abusing parents and abused children
In the Australia film RABBIT PROOF FENCE 3 Aboriginal girls are forcibly removed from their families. The year is 1931 and they were taken from Jigalona WA 1500 miles to Moore riues to be trained as domestic servants. The Australian prime minister, Kevin Rudd, yesterday issued the text of the long-awaited apology to the country's Aboriginal population citing the "profound suffering, grief and loss" inflicted on them by decades of abuse and mistreatment. His words, contained in an Australian parliamentary motion, were directed to the "stolen generations" - the tens of thousands of mixed-race children taken from their families in a strategy of white assimilation only abandoned in 1970. But he also said sorry to all of Australia's indigenous people who still live on the margins of society, saying that in the future he wanted them to have the same opportunities as other Australians.
The government now recognizes that the consequences of the Residential Schools were completely wrong and that this has had a lasting and damaging impact on Aboriginal culture, heritage and language. While some former students have spoken positively about their experiences at residential schools, these stories are far overshadowed by tragic accounts of the emotional, physical, sexual abuse, neglect of helpless children, and their separation from their families and communities. Unfortunately, many former students had died before hearing the much needed apology that would hardly compensate for the childhood that they lost. The residential schools have left most Aboriginal people resenting our culture and government. For good reason, most former students are left trying to cope with their emotional scares.
Years into the Intervention; Concerns of welfare cuts that have affected women and children in the process,the stoppage of the CDEP plan that created more the 7,500 jobs before the Intervention, the poor number of sexual offenders prosecuted, and a number of limitation communal rights. The Northern Territory Intervention measures sparked many criticism both domestically and internationally saying that the Aboriginal people a being discriminated by there Government due to the 1995 Racial Discrimination Act. The Australian Government was called upon the United Nations Treaty to redesign their measures in direct of the
The link between a broken home and delinquency are strongly believed. Much controversy resides in what is thought to be a broken home and what defines a family. Many different definitions fit these words. It just seems logically to conclude that a broken home leads to delinquent acts. A broken home can result in economic hardships, loss of some affection, adequate supervision that is provided by two parents, and easier chance to develop relationships with delinquents.
Everybody in society is part of a social division. Thompson (2010) states that social divisions are complex and people are not only part of one group they are often part of other groups, for a example a asylum seekers can be linked with social divisions such as poverty, unemployment and homelessness. Asylum seekers can also be marginalised by language barriers. Supporting Thompson (2010) is Armstrong (2006) who stated in 1997, 4.8 million adults suffered from five or more disadvantages of exclusion. Social divisions are: class, race, disability, identify, gender and geographical environment, they are often problematic to individuals, groups and communities.
Family Life and Juvenile Delinquency Researchers have established that there many paths to juvenile delinquency and numerous risk factors that contribute to a youth’s opportunity to offend. The environment in which a child is raised plays a very crucial role in predicting their behaviour in adolescence and subsequent, in adulthood. Delinquency and criminal behaviour typically begin in the home and continue into society. Many modern criminologists argue that youth’s who were deprived of parental warmth and affection had weak family and social bonds and tended to develop a set of beliefs that were negative and hostile towards society (Walsh, 1991). Furthermore, child maltreatment is a consequential social problem.