Problematic bias on display for a click bait angle on the story
It’s disappointing that there is such an obvious bias and sensationalist angle attached to this podcast. Like in any under-staffed, inadequately funded large scale organisation, there are important issues with the child protection and foster system in Australia and they are worthy of investigation. The journalist here really fails in their ethical obligation to provide accurate and balanced explanations of how the system works, particularly when for many listeners, this might be their only source of information regarding what happens when children are placed into care. The implication that there is a cover-up orchestrated by FACS because they are ensuring child protection legislation is followed for the safety of all involved, including William’s sister who remained/remains in care is irresponsible at best and verging on conspiracy-theory tabloid fodder that one wouldn’t expect from the Australian. It should be clearly explained that biological families are not given addresses and details that could identify foster carers and children in care in order to keep them safe and afford the children some level privacy regarding their family situation. In this case, imagine the trauma for William’s sister if, on top of losing her brother, everyone in her community, school, and the wider public can identify her and suddenly know that she was removed from her biological parents and begin to speculate why, or her peers start to bully her. I have seen instances where biological parents have followed the foster carers following a contact visit and gone on to stalk, harass and threaten carers who are devoting their lives to the children in their care. I’m not suggesting that anything like this happened in this case, but it’s really poor form to spin the complex realities of child protection legislation with misrepresentations and half truths from the journalist and reinforcing them with (understandably) biased, personal anecdotal experiences from members of William’s biological family. Even a simple clarification that it would be entirely standard procedure for police to take a 9 month old baby to the hospital for a medical evaluation and to be handed over to FACS when his parents have been arrested and placed into custody after being on the run for 3 months. What else would they do? Hand him over to the admin staff to babysit him in the break room?!
djtbwocnj via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 09/02/22
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eloiseandrea via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/29/19
A lot of people here slamming the pod after 1 ep... make of that what you will but its pretty clear these reviews are all out to defend foster families. An unsolved case should be examined in as many ways possible. To not do so, is poor investigative journalism. Look forward to more of this...Read full review »
Reigningblood via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 08/01/19
Turned this off before the end of the first episode as it was unnecessary to be so critical of the foster family. This does not help the situation
Janine3467 via Apple Podcasts · Australia · 07/25/19
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