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Western Australia - Organisation

Care Leavers Australia Network (2000 - )

Advocacy Body and Support Service
Alternative Names
  • Care Leavers Australasia Network (also known as)
  • CLAN (acronym)

Care Leavers Australia Network (CLAN), founded in 2000 in Sydney, is a support and advocacy group for people brought up in care away from their family as state wards or Home children raised in Children's Homes, orphanages or other institutions, or in foster care. CLAN is also for anyone who has a close family member who was placed in 'care'. It was a strong advocate for Redress WA applicants when that scheme was operating in WA,and organized a number of rallies to protest about the reduction in redress payments and to advocate for more support services. The founding members of CLAN are Leonie Sheedy and Joanna Penglase, both 'care leavers' who had for years been involved in awareness-raising about the issues facing people who experienced out of home 'care' as children.


Newspaper Articles

  • Moloney, Caitlin, 'Victims can't be silenced', The Perth Voice, 15 August 2009, p. 3. Details
  • Strutt, Jessica, 'Outcry at cut in abuse compo', The West Australian, 29 July 2009, p. 6. Details
  • Turnbull, Malcolm, 'Malcolm Turnbull apology to Forgotten Australians', The Australian, 16 November 2009. Details

Online Resources


Redress Scheme Speech in House of Representatives by Steve Irons, MP
Redress Scheme Speech in House of Representatives by Steve Irons, MP
20 August 2009
House of Representatives
Steve Irons MP gave a speech in the House of Representatives objecting to the reduction in maximum payment to Redress WA applicants.


Prepared by: Debra Rosser