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Child protection funding welcomed

  • Liberals finally match Labor policy
  • Extended care will improve outcomes for young people
  • Concerns over consequences of incentive payments

Labor welcomes increased funding for more child protection workers and the extension of care for vulnerable Tasmanians from 18 to 21.

Shadow Minister for Child Safety Josh Willie welcomed the Liberals matching Labor policies, but questioned why it has taken so long to make the necessary changes.

“Labor has been calling for this investment and is pleased that the Liberals have finally matched our policy to boost the child safety workforce,” Mr Willie said.

“Extending care from 18 to 21 will help young Tasmanians so they are able to stay in secure foster care.

“It will increase young Tasmanians’ opportunities into the future and not leave them vulnerable to homelessness.”

Mr Willie flagged some concerns with the Liberals incentivising TCE attainment for foster carers.

“It suggests that foster carers don’t already care about the educational attainment of young people in their care and it does not acknowledge that some young people in out of home care have suffered trauma and can have learning difficulties,” Mr Willie said.

“Young Tasmanians and their foster carers should be able to make decisions about what is best them, including skills and training qualifications, without added pressure.”