Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

UM Teachings Linked to FACS FACS Accused of Sending Girls to UM; Child Welfare Agencies and Politicians May Have Known of Allegations for Five Years

Newspaper article The Northern Star (Lismore, Australia)

UM Teachings Linked to FACS FACS Accused of Sending Girls to UM; Child Welfare Agencies and Politicians May Have Known of Allegations for Five Years

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Byline: Liana Turner Liana.Turner@northernstar.com.au

THE State Government body in charge of child protection may have been alerted to children being referred to Universal Medicine as early as 2013.

The Office of the Children's Guardian is investigating after two girls under Family and Community Services care were allegedly referred to treatments offered by the Goonellabah business.

The ABC has reported FACS documents from 2016 endorsed "the role of UM teachings and events in the lives of two girls overseen by the Lismore office".

The documents relate to the FACS care plans for two girls - who cannot be identified - in which FACS "endorsed their involvement with the UM-affiliated Girl to Woman Festival".

A FACS staff member has publicly endorsed UM, including participating in a music video on the Youtube page for Glorious Music Records, a label created by Serge Benhayon's son Michael.

Staunch Universal Medicine opponent and online blogger Esther Rockett said in an online post that she had informed FACS of Universal Medicine affiliates in its Lismore office in 2013.

"I notified FACS of risks to kids from that time," she said.

"I notified MPs Pru Goward, Thomas George and other MPs four-and-a-half years ago."

Universal Medicine founder Serge Benhayon recently tried to sue Ms Rockett for defamation in the NSW Supreme Court.

In this case, the jury found most of Ms Rockett's defamatory imputations were "substantially true", that UM was a "socially harmful cult" and that Mr Benhayon "engages in inappropriate conduct towards women", "is guilty of inappropriate behaviour with children" and "is not a fit person to hold a Working with Children Certificate".

Former Lismore mayor Jenny Dowell said all government agencies needed to be "vigilant" when it came to child and community safety.

"One of those examples was known to me," Ms Dowell said. …

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