25 October 2018
Leading child welfare provider OzChild welcomes the NSW Government’s tabling of a landmark child protection bill into parliament this week.
The Amendments to the Children and Young Persons (Care and Protection) Act and the Adoption Act will improve prevention services to keep children safely at home with their families and restore family connections when it is possible to do so.
OzChild’s Chief Executive Officer Lisa Griffiths said the organisation supported changes to be introduced by the Government that would secure better outcomes for vulnerable children, young people and their families.
“We applaud the NSW Government’s significant investment of programs that are proven to work in strengthening families and help prevent children and young people entering the Out-of-Home Care system,” Ms Griffiths said.
“The evidence based and evidence informed programs we deliver in NSW are internationally proven and I am proud to say show significant improvements for the children, young people and families we work with.”
As part of the Government’s reforms, there will be greater engagement with Aboriginal families and communities to mitigate child protection risks before children are placed in care.
Associate Professor Dea Delaney-Thiele, OzChild’s National Executive Director of Aboriginal Partnerships, welcomed the reforms.
“This is a positive move to help ensure Aboriginal children and young people are supported in culturally safe environments,” Associate Professor Delaney-Thiele said.
“It will give the extended family the opportunity to be involved in decisions about the care of their children and reduce the number of Aboriginal children and young people being removed into Out-of-Home Care.”
OzChild provided a comprehensive submission to the public consultation process following the release of the discussion paper, Shaping A Better Child Protection System in 2017.
OzChild currently provides early intervention programs Functional Family Therapy – Child Welfare and Multisystemic Therapy for Child Abuse and Neglect in Western Sydney and will begin the delivery of Treatment Foster Care Oregon and Functional Family Therapy before the end of this year.