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Serious child protection incidents continue to rise

Monday 3 February 2020

Data released today by the Department of Health and Human Services shows that serious incidents involving children in statutory care are continuing to rise.

Serious incidents in child protection have risen steadily since the same time last year, including 422 reports of abuse and 20 client deaths in July-December 2019.

Children are placed into statutory care to prevent further abuse and neglect, but these figures show that the harm isn’t ending for those within Victoria’s child protection system.

The findings in today’s report follow the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s damning ‘Lost, not forgotten’ report, which found child protection support remained ineffective, and revelations that more than 14,000 calls to the Andrews Labor Government’s child abuse hotline were left un-answered between January 2018 and August 2019.

Daniel Andrews and his Minister need to take urgent action to ensure all children in statutory care get the protection they need.

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

“When serious incidents continue to rise, and even phone calls about child abuse aren’t being answered, you know Victoria’s child protection system is in crisis.

“The Andrews Labor Government are sleepwalking through a growing crisis in child protection and is failing to keep children safe.

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

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