Child Protection Woes Continue; National Redoubling Of Efforts Needed

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MEDIA RELEASE 21 JANUARY 2010



Coalition secretariat: Families Australia, 7 National Circuit Barton ACT,

www.familiesaustralia.org.au, Ph: 02 6273 4885



Coalition of Organisations Committed to the

Safety and Wellbeing of Australia’s Children

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Child protection woes continue; national

redoubling of efforts needed


The Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of

Australia’s Children is appalled by figures contained in today’s report by the

Australian Institute for Health and Welfare relating to child protection in

Australia.


It is alarming that, in the past year, the number of children on care and protection

orders rose by 8.5% to 35,409

and the number of children in out-of-home care

increased by 9.3%.


It is also matter of major national concern that the rate of Indigenous children on care

and protection orders was more than 8 times the rate of non-Indigenous children.

The rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care was

just over 9 times the rate of non-Indigenous children.


The Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of Australia’s

Children calls on all Australian Governments –

Federal and State/Territory –

to

redouble their efforts on child safety and wellbeing. 


Coalition spokesperson Brian Babington said: ‘The COAG-endorsed National

Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 is a welcome start, but

there needs to be a greater sense of urgency and far more resources applied to

tackling the problem, in particular, by working to strengthen families before problems

get out of control. Children cannot wait.’

The 76-member Coalition of Organisations Committed to the Safety and Wellbeing of

Australia’s Children played a leading role in advocating for, and negotiating, the

National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children. It is now helping to

implement the National Framework. The Coalition comprises organisations which

provide services to children, young people and families on the ground across

Australia, as well as many key advocates and researchers in the areas of child

protection and children’s wellbeing. 


For more comment, contact Brian Babington on 0417 550 149 or 02 6273 4885.







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