The heart-rending story that tells what it's like to live with a disability, or to care for someone who is disabled, in Australia today. Reporter Wendy Carlisle meets the families the nation has neglected. The system of assistance for people with a disability in Australia is broken. Carers know it, charitable organisations know it and so do the governments. Now the federal government says something must be done. It's holding an Inquiry, with the intention of creating a new and fairer system. It's even considering a national disability insurance scheme. But will the system be reformed in time to save the families now at breaking point?
In the past ten years the number of substantiated cases of abuse and neglect of children in this country has more than doubled. This program looks at the development of services that aim to reduce social isolation, and to support families and children before abuse or neglect occurs.