Senate Out of Home Care Inquiry Report

by PeakCare Qld on 27th August 2015

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More about the Royal Commission into the South Australian child protection system

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, The life they deserve, was released in early August 2016. The report is presented in two volumes. The first volume sets out what the Royal Commission did to examine the adequacy of current laws and policies to protect children and young people, system deficits and 260 recommendations addressing a wide range of structural, system and practice aspects across the SA government and service system. The second volume contains 5 case studies that examine the operation of the system and practice quality in specific areas. Four focus on the individual circumstances of young children, intervening in high risk families, leaving care, and children with complex needs in out of home care.

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Following a successful motion from the Greens in the Senate in July 2014 to establish an inquiry by the Senate Community Affairs References Committee into out of home care, the Committee released their 353 page report on Wednesday 19 August 2015.  
 
Understandably, the 39 recommendations contained within the report are largely targeted at areas over which the Commonwealth Government can exert its influence and work cooperatively with States and Territories through established mechanisms, such as the Council of Australian Governments (COAG). Many of the recommendations focus on strengthening the National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009 - 2020 and specifically shaping the third action plan (2015 - 2018).
 
Most of the recommendations focus on developing nationally consistent approaches to a range of areas, such as transition from care; family support; permanency planning; complaints management; children's commissioners' powers; therapeutic care standards; accreditation and registration of child protection workers; financial and practical supports for formal and informal kinship carers; support, accreditation, training and payments for foster carers; professional foster care; mandatory training for residential care workers; and advocacy and support for parents of children at risk of entering care.   
 
Addressing over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system is tackled in a number of recommendations, notably through integrating Aboriginal Community Controlled agencies into all aspects of the child protection system. The media release by the Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care (SNAICC) welcoming the recommendation about community-controlled services can be accessed here.

Click here to read PeakCare’s ‘special announcement’ that was sent to our Member Agencies and Supporters soon after the release of the Committee’s report.


PeakCare's submission to the Committee can be accessed here.
 
To obtain a copy of the Committee’s report, click here.

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