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.”
Policy Conversations: Rethinking the Use of ‘Vulnerable’ Wrap
TasCOSS’s latest Policy Conversation: Rethinking the Use of ‘Vulnerable’ had a great turnout with representatives from more than 40 organisations present to witness a rich discussion on the value and challenges of the term ‘vulnerable’ and its use in the community services industry. Special thanks to Dr Catherine Robinson (Anglicare Tasmania’s Social Action Research Centre) — our wonderful guest speaker — for her time, expertise and passion.
Under 16 Homelessness Policy Framework
TasCOSS has had a long involvement in advocating for children and young people living in difficult circumstances in Tasmania. The draft framework is a good starting point for our collective response to the needs of unaccompanied homeless children in Tasmania, but it currently lacks clarity in some respects and needs further articulation.
Commission of Inquiry into the State Government’s Response to Child Sexual Abuse
In preparing this submission, TasCOSS consulted with organisations with frontline and policy expertise in the child safety system and children’s welfare. The submission addresses seven systemic themes that are or will in future impact on the adequacy and appropriateness of the State Government’s response to allegations and incidents of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts.
Draft Container Refund Scheme 2021
TasCOSS welcomes the introduction of a Container Refund Scheme (CRS) and the potential it provides for social benefit beyond the environmental benefits of recycling.
Expression of Interest: Governance Training
TasCOSS provides bespoke introductory governance workshops. These workshops help build understanding of of good governance practice. Governance workshops are interesting, interactive and tailored to your needs.
Grocery Unit Pricing Code Review
Effective unit pricing is a consumer protection measure that is vital to the many thousands of Tasmanians who have low numeracy and/or literacy and live in poverty or on inadequate incomes.
Access Support for your Energy Costs
With the end of June fast approaching, it is a timely reminder to households that electricity disconnections can recommence as a further tranche of COVID-19 protections are removed.
The Value of a Safe, Warm and Stable Home — Adrienne’s enews Message (10 June 2021)
With winter upon us, the significance of a safe, warm and stable home to lay your head at night really hits home, writes TasCOSS CEO Adrienne Picone.