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Urgent action needed to reduce harm to children in care

Thursday 2 May 2019

Urgent action needed to reduce harm to children in care

Data released today by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that the rate of serious incidents involving children in protective care continues to rise.

Children are placed into protective care to prevent further abuse and neglect, but the reality is that the harm isn’t ending for many of Victoria’s vulnerable children.

There has been an increase in abuse and behavioural issues reported, and tragically, eight reported deaths in the first three months of 2019.

The Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services found Victoria is now the child protection capital of Australia, with a rate of 56.7 per 1000 children in child protection – the worst in Australia.

While Victoria has the highest rate of children in child protection, it has also the reputation for one of the slowest response times for assisting and protecting those same children. 

Wait times of more than a month are common, with 47.9% of child protection investigations in Victoria not beginning their investigation before 29 days.  This is nearly three times the national average.

Daniel Andrews and his Minister need to take urgent action to protect vulnerable children in care.

Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Nick Wakeling:

“Daniel Andrews promised he’d deliver for all Victorians, but he’s failing vulnerable children in care.

The Andrews Labor Government must take urgent action so that children in care aren’t being subjected to further abuse and neglect.”

Media Contact:        Simon Watson         0484 000 051         Simon.Watson@opposition.vic.gov.au

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