Reforms to Tasmania 's family support and child protection systems, with a strong focus on identifying and supporting children at the highest risk of abuse or neglect have been announced by the Health and Human Services Minister Lara Giddings.
Reforms will include new professional practice standards, new service structures with a grass roots regional focus and new operational procedures.
Five major reports into Tasmania 's family support and child protection systems have been released and are available on the links below.
- Recommendations of a Review Conducted in Relation to the Deaths of a Number of Children Involved with the Child Protection System in Tasmania
- Report on Child Protection Services in Tasmania - October 2006 (Large Document - 675KB)
- Review of the Tasmanian Family Support Service System (KPMG) (Large Document - 2MB)
- Advice to the Minister for Health and Human Services - A Child Death Review Process for Tasmania (Commissioner for Children) (Large Document - 1.2MB)
- Recommendations of a Review Conducted in Relation to the Death of a Child Involved with the Child Protection System in Tasmania
A 12-point Way Forward document has also been released. The Minister said the Way Forward endorsed by Cabinet would make child protection a whole of government priority, with coordinated action across the Departments of Health and Human Services, Police and Emergency Management, Education, Premier and Cabinet and Justice and Workplace Relations.
The Way Forward also commits to key recommendations of the KPMG report to strengthen family support services.
The Government has also accepted the 19 recommendations of the expert panel which reviewed the death of a child involved with the child protection system, as well as the advice of David Fanning for a legislated process to review all similar deaths in future.