Local MP looking out for children
A COALITION Government would significantly reform child-protection services to better safeguard our most at-risk children if elected on March 26, according to member for Clarence Steve Cansdell.
Mr Cansdell said the present system for out-of-home care (OOHC) was not working.
He said at more than 16,000, NSW had the greatest number of children in OOHC in the nation with our rate of removal more than twice that of Victoria.
“This figure is horrifying given the Wood Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW found children entering OOHC had poorer outcomes than the average child or young person,” Mr Cansdell said.
“Of 16,000 children in OOHC, only 48 were adopted in 2010. Thousands of other kids spend their childhood bouncing between multiple foster carers and back and forth to their family who have received little to no support to provide an improved environment for their child.
“In too many cases the government treats the symptoms of child abuse, without significantly addressing the root causes.”
Mr Cansdell said early intervention was essential in order to prevent a lifetime of poor life outcomes and to break the cycle of intergenerational disadvantage.
“Putting greater emphasis on increased early intervention mechanisms, such as intensive family support and family preservation services, will help stop children most at risk from entering foster care,” he said.
“Our social policy approach is designed to rid the ‘silo mentality’ which exists in a number of departments and seek genuine community consultation and participation.”