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Home News ‘Don’t blame the public service for child protection failures’
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DEPARTMENTSACT Community Services Directorate
TAGS ACT Government, ACT opposition, child protection, Child Protective Services, Child welfare, Penny Gregory, Social programs
A political attack on child protection workers in the ACT is unfair and unfounded, the expert who chaired a review into the system says. There’s only so much the public sector can do.
The ACT opposition today attacked Canberra’s care and protection services for children and young people, based on the annual report of a committee whose chair says they’ve got it wrong. She is highlighting the complex role the public sector has in child protection.
According to the shadow minister for family and community services, Nicole Lawder: “The ACT Children and Young People Death Review Committee 2013-14 Annual Report released yesterday highlights ongoing and systemic issues within the ACT’s care and protection services.”
But the report shows nothing of the sort, according to former Australian Institute of Health and Welfare director Penny Gregory, who chairs the independent committee.
Lawder says the report is “particularly disturbing” because it shows “38 of the 109 deaths between 2009 and 2014 were of children and young people either in the care of or known to Community Services”. But Gregory says that figure is incorrect.
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Stephen Easton is a journalist at The Mandarin based in Canberra. He's previously reported for Canberra CityNews and worked on industry titles for The Intermedia Group.
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