SCOPE OF REVIEW INTO FAMILY VIOLENCE CASES SHOULD BE BROADENED

It’s disappointing the government failed to support my motion in the Assembly to broaden the scope of the recently announced review into System Level Responses to Family Violence in the ACT, Shadow Minister for Family and Community Services Nicole Lawder said today.

“There are a number of cases involving ACT Care and Protection and family violence and the inquiry’s examination shouldn’t be limited,” Ms Lawder said.

“Today in the Legislative Assembly I called on the government to broaden the scope of the review, to more generally cover care and protection cases, as well as invite submissions. It’s disappointing the government missed the opportunity to cast a wide net and examine where things have gone wrong in the past.

“There needs to be better information sharing between ACT Care and Protection and other government agencies to ensure the safety of vulnerable children and young people in the system. It’s important we look at past failures and learn from them.

“We need to make sure the system which is set up to look after vulnerable children and young people runs smoothly to achieve that outcome,” Ms Lawder concluded.