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1000 Days in Which Vulnerable Children Have Been Put More At Risk

Cassy O'Connor MP  -  Thursday, 8 December 2016

Tags: Children and Young People, Child Safety, Out of Home Care

Cassy O'Connor MP | Greens' Leader and Human Services spokesperson

The Liberals sure do have a hide, crowing about their response to vulnerable people over their 1000 days in office. 

Their response to the plight of damaged children in the State care system is something they should be ashamed of, rather than boasting about.

Last year, 151 child protection notifications were ignored the North West in an epic failure of the Minister and her Department to respond.

In recent weeks, the Liberals' decision to privatise the care of vulnerable young people has placed children at risk of abuse and neglect, with 11 children now being removed from the 'care' of Safe Pathways.

The Department of Health and Human Services Annual Report this year shows there are more children in the out of home care system, an increasing number of at-risk children in limbo awaiting investigation by Child Protection, less than 20% of investigations are completed within a month of notification and far fewer children who are the responsibility of the State have care and case plans in place.

Vulnerable children and young people are less safe in Tasmania now than they were when the Liberals took office.

It is disgraceful that in the face of these terrible facts, the Liberals want to boast about their treatment of vulnerable Tasmanians.

Instead of spending their time and taxpayers' money pumping out dishonest pap, the Liberals need to accept responsibility for their poor priorities and deliver real improvements to the lives of young Tasmanians.