Minister for Human Services
Government Improving Child Protection Services
20 August, 2016

The Hodgman Liberal Government is committed to rebuilding our child protection system to improve the lives of vulnerable Tasmanian children, young people and their families.

The Government has allocated over $20 million to implement the recommendations from Professor Maria Harries’ Redesign of Child Protection Services Tasmania report.

A series of advertisements will appear in newspapers this weekend, calling for applications for:

Two new Child Protection Liaison positions for regional hospitals in the North and Northwest; and

The first three new Clinical Practice Consultant Positions, two based in the North/Northwest and the other in the South with a focus on mentoring and supporting new staff and providing practice governance to support staff dealing with complex cases.

A number of the additional support worker positions have already been filled and are providing additional support to regional child protection teams, with more support workers commencing shortly.

In addition, work has recently finished on a $500,000 upgrade to the Southern Child Protection offices, delivering on a promise to better support staff as they undertake their very important work.

This is just some of the work we are doing as part of our plan to improve child protection services.  Importantly, we can afford to invest more in frontline services, like child protection, because we have got the budget back on track.