Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne

Rachel Browne is a Social Affairs Reporter for Fairfax Media

Child abuse reports increase but less than half investigated: report

Rachel Browne More than 135,000 Australian children, or about 26 in every 1000 children, received child protection services in 2012–13, according to a report released today by the Australian Institute of...

New app lets parents know whether the kids are all right

Rachel Browne When Matthew Whisker picks his children up from their north shore childcare centre he doesn’t automatically have to ask how their day went – he already knows.

Children at risk of sex offenders as parents using overseas surrogacy go unchecked

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Rachel Browne Leading surrogacy lawyer says Australian parents of babies born to surrogates overseas are not automatically subject to criminal background checks, leaving the system wider open to abusers.

Passenger manifest and the litany of coincidences in unfolding tragedy

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Eamonn Duff and Rachel Browne Michael and Carol Clancy had never met Albert and Maree Rizk. Their lives could not have been more contrasting.

Dolly Parton's reading scheme gets children working 0 to 5

Rachel Browne, Lara O'toole Toddler Kayla Browne's world is being rocked by the arrival a of a new book every month.

More homeless despite $1 billion funding

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Rachel Browne The rate of homelessness in Australia rose eight per cent between 2006 and 2011, despite public funding of $1.1 billion as part of a Federal Government promise to halve homelessness by 2020.

Homeless numbers surge despite pledge

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Rachel Browne Ambitious pledge to halve homelessness by 2020, launched by Rudd government, is failing to reach its target.

230,000 seek help as housing affordability bites

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Rachel Browne Almost a quarter of a million Australians - or one in 98 people - requested help from welfare agencies because they were either homeless or at risk of becoming homeless, according to figures from the...

Welfare Critical problem Investigators target worst cases of child abuse

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Rachel Browne The number of proven child abuse and neglect victims rose 20 per cent last year, reversing a long-term decline.

Child abuse cases start to rise again

The inquiry into institutional responses to abuse will not just look at perpetrators. It will also cover those who were 'complicit'.

Rachel Browne The number of child abuse and neglect victims rose 20 per cent last year, reversing a long-term decline.

Doubts over Triple P, the parenting program of choice

Michelle Gordon with her boy.

Rachel Browne It is used in 25 countries, has been translated into 17 languages and is ranked by the United Nations as the leading parenting program.

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A formidable champion for all the nation's children

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Rachel Browne Australia's first Children's Commissioner grasps the importance of the role, having experienced her own childhood adversity.

Many services fail to clear high bar on childcare standards

Aschroft public pre school. Principal John Koletti with kids all aged 4. (L-R) Rownam Canfarini, Nawal Marouch, Logan Darby and Martha Va'a. 
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Rachel Browne Almost a quarter of childcare services are failing to meet health and safety standards under rigorous new benchmarks designed to improve quality.

Many childcare services fail to meet standards

Overall, 55 per cent of childcare services are meeting or exceeding the new quality standards.

Rachel Browne Almost a quarter of childcare services are failing to meet new health and safety standards under rigorous new benchmarks designed to improve quality.

More with less: welfare groups pessimistic

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Rachel Browne Not-for-profits say they're struggling with increased demand as government increasingly outsources services - without adequate funding.

Domestic violence becoming 'greatest social epidemic of our time'

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Rachel Browne A global report showing that Australia has one of the lowest rates of violence against women is hardly a cause for celebration, according to social welfare groups.

Disability scheme's 'unrealistic' pay offer short of current rates

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Rachel Browne Pay rates being offered under the national disability insurance scheme, DisabilityCare Australia, are so low the program is unlikely to attract the necessary number of qualified staff, according to...

Childcare surge but city places hard to find

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Rachel Browne Families in parts of Sydney and Melbourne are still struggling to find childcare vacancies despite a surge in new providers and a record number of children in centres.