Time for Action on Child Protection

The State Government must act now on all recommendations made by the Commissioner for Children and Young People in its Out of Home Care in Tasmania report released today.

“TasCOSS commends Mr Morrissey’s proactive approach to addressing the issues that are impacting on our State’s most vulnerable children,” TasCOSS CEO Kym Goodes said.

“We are particularly encouraged by the recommended change in thinking—from a worker and client paradigm to a ‘good parent’ focus.

“For all the important work that has been undertaken in reviewing, planning and developing solutions for Child Protection, Ashley, Youth at Risk and Out of Home Care it is time for real change on the ground in the day to day lives of children and young people in care.

“Tasmanian children in care are not living better lives than they were two, three or even five years ago, and that is simply not good enough.  We are still seeing poorer outcomes for these children and young people across areas that impact on the rest of their lives.  The State is their parent, and should strive, as every parent does, to achieve the very best outcomes for each and every child in our care.

“There is not a politician, agency or department that has not acknowledged the multiple, long term issues to be solved to improve the lives of children in care.

“We need to make the necessary shift in thinking and culture to drive change now.

“Our State Government has done well to put vulnerable Tasmanians front and centre in the past two years, for example by acting decisively on Family Violence and Affordable Housing: now is the time to take immediate action in this area.

“All of Tasmania’s children deserve the best response: thoughtful action and diligent care are our responsibility.

“It is time we lived up to those responsibilities and dedicated the resources required to effect real change.

“Improvements in the care of children are a budget priority that cannot be overlooked.”

More News

Reducing energy costs will provide a warm glow in winter (Mercury Talking Point, 30/05/22)

The federal and state governments can take important steps to reduce the cost of energy for struggling Tasmanian households, writes Adrienne Picone.

Federal Budget 2022/23 — Responses from our Industry

See below for responses from: National Shelter Mental Health Council of Tasmania Youth Network of Tasmania National Disability Services National Shelter The 2022/23 federal budget continues to ignore the needs of low-income and vulnerable Australians and again fails to invest in social and affordable housing. We are concerned that the only focus in this budget is on measures that provide

Response to Draft National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children 

TasCOSS welcomes the development of a National Plan to End Violence against Women and Children (2022-32). While TasCOSS and our members support various aspects of the Plan, in particular the principles underpinning it, we believe there are further priorities for action.

Tasmanian Government Departmental Changes

The Premier has announced a raft of Tasmanian Government departmental changes which will impact community service organisations funded through the Department of Communities Tasmania.

*Now Hiring!* FindHelpTAS Project Officer

TasCOSS is looking for a talented project officer to manage the FindHelpTAS website — the largest and most up-to-date online directory of community services in Tasmania — and pursue opportunities for improvement.

Criminal Code Amendment Bill 2022

TasCOSS believe additional support and resources are needed for organisations providing frontline training and education to raise awareness of issues relating to consent and violence against women. We believe ongoing funding for the continuation and expansion of these programs will be crucial to the success of any legislative reform in this area.

Tasmanian Future Gas Strategy — Discussion Paper

TasCOSS is calling for a Future Gas Strategy that phases out fossil gas and supports households in the transition to electrification that leaves nobody behind. This means ending new gas connections, improving household energy efficiency and tackling the barriers to renewable energy-powered homes faced by renters and Tasmanians on low incomes.

TasCOSS 2022/23 Budget Priorities Statement: Family/Sexual Violence Policy Development and Sector Coordination

TasCOSS have put in a funding bid for $834,000 over five years to establish a family/sexual violence policy development and sector coordination mechanism for Tasmania.