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Dorothy Ginn AM (1922 - 2011) was a foundation member of the World Health Organisation for the Defence of Children and also the International Society for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect.

Dorothy accepted government invitations from New Zealand (1978) Zambia (1978) and Canada (1985) to advise/consult in the setting up of child abuse and neglect legislation and child abuse prevention training programs. She toured New Zealand as a guest of the Mental Health Foundation in 1978, after which C.A.P.S. New Zealand was formed.

Prior to the establishment of its own service, Dorothy assisted the NSW Department of Youth and Community services in this area. She also cooperated with relevant agencies in Queensland and Western Australia.

In 1984 Dorothy received the Sir Lorimer Dods Award for "Excellence of work measured by state, national and international standards on behalf of children" and in 1987 was made a Member of the Order of Australia.

Dorothy retired in 2003 after a career spanning 30 years and the CAPS family was greatly saddened by Dorothy's passing in 2011.

You can read the first 2 chapters of Dorothy's book The Fence on the Cliff here. For copies of the book please contact 02 9716 8000.