Moves to strengthen investment in Victoria’s out-of-home care system will help to address an urgent need to secure the safety and wellbeing of our most at-risk children and young people, according to the Victorian Council of Social Service.
“After numerous reports documenting the systemic problems faced by Victoria’s child protection and out-of-home care, we commend the State Government for moving quickly to increase investment in our out-of-home care system,” said Emma King, CEO of VCOSS.
“The $19 million investment announced by the Minister for Families and Children, Jenny Mikakos, will provide additional staff and supervision so children and young people in care are safer.”
“This early commitment to improving funding and strengthening oversight of the system, within weeks of taking office, bodes well for future investment in one of the most vital areas of government responsibility in our community.”
“Last week the Productivity Commission’s Review of Government Services documented the alarming growth in the need for child protection services, with more than 82,000 reports of abuse and neglect received by the Victorian Government in 2013-14.”
“The same report also shows that the number of Aboriginal children on care and protection orders remains disproportionately high and rising. Aboriginal children are now 12 times more likely to be in out-of-home care than non-aboriginal children.”
“This new funding is an important downpayment on improving the future for children in the greatest need of support, and is a good indication that the government is prepared to listen and act in their interests.”
“We look forward to the government’s continued engagement and collaboration with the community sector to build on this initiative, so that all Victorian children can have a better chance for a decent life.”