REPORT NEEDS TO RESULT IN INCREASED SAFETY FOR VULNERABLE CHILDREN AND YOUNG PEOPLE

The inquiry which was established following the tragic death of an eight year old boy in Jacka earlier this year was due to be handed to the Chief Minister by today. It’s important that we learn from this report to ensure that tragedies involving family violence, young people and care and protection services are averted in the future, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“The safety of children and young people in the Canberra community is paramount and I will seek a briefing on the report and findings of the Glanfield Inquiry, whether they’re made public or not,” Ms Lawder said.

“The government needs to start facilitating and enforcing better information sharing across directorates and agencies, as well as other jurisdictions, in relation to children in care and protection, as there have been a number of reports and inquiries into this issue now.

“Those reports include the ‘Keeping Children & Young People Safe a shared community responsibility’ report released in November 2012 and the ‘Territory as Parent: Review of the Safety of Children in Care in the ACT and of ACT Child Protection Management’ report (also known as the Vardon report) released in May 2004.

“I hope that systemic improvements come from this latest inquiry and I encourage the government to move quickly to make sure the care and protection system is as safe as possible for the sake of vulnerable children and young people who rely on it,” Ms Lawder concluded.