Minister for Human Services
Recognising Child Safety Services Workers
6 September, 2016

I am pleased to announce during Child Protection Week that the Tasmanian Commissioner for Children and Young People, Mark Morrissey, has agreed to Chair the Cross-Sectoral Child Wellbeing Consultative Committee, which will help to inform the Government’s $20.6 million redesign of the Child Protection system and encourage collaboration across both government and non-government sectors.

The government is embarking on a significant reform agenda to protect Tasmania’s children, assist young people at risk and help families who are under stress.

We are taking a whole of system approach and investing considerable resources to ensure that vulnerable children are supported and given the best possible chance to live safe, happy and rewarding lives.

Child Protection Week is a great opportunity to acknowledge and thank the many people in the community who work hard to assist vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Many groups and individuals, both within government and the non-government sector, do magnificent work to help make life better for children, young people and their families.

This includes everyone from child protection workers to foster carers and community service organisations.

As part of the government’s commitment to Child Safety Services – which Child Protection will be referred to as at the end of September – we have invested $500,000 in refurbishing the Woodhouse Building, where I joined Children and Youth Services staff today for morning tea.

This work has seen the building updated, more fit for purpose and a more appealing environment in which to engage with clients and their families.

Our $20.6 million redesign of the Child Protection system is complemented by other key reforms including:

  • Safe Home, Safe Families – the $26 million whole‑of‑government family violence action plan to respond to family violence.
  • Youth at Risk Strategy – a $200,000 strategy to outline how future government services will be delivered to at-risk young people. This will include examining future options for youth detention in Tasmania.
  • Affordable Housing Strategy – an additional $73.5 million to help low income Tasmanians experiencing housing stress and homelessness, to find a home.
  • Joined Up Human Services – this initiative will consolidate and strengthen case management and provision of support services in the human services system.

Announcing and funding the reforms is one thing, yet nothing could be achieved without the contribution and commitment from people working within Child Safety Services, as well as across both government and the non-government sectors, and we thank them for their expertise and dedication to protecting our most vulnerable Tasmanians.

With the budget back on track the Government is reinvesting in essential services such as protecting the vulnerable, which is reflected in the various strategies that we are rolling out.