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Compelling Anglicare report must result in positive change

  • New report tells the stories of vulnerable young Tasmanians
  • Child protection system must be properly resourced
  • Labor is committed to working with the sector and will employ an additional 20 child safety officers

Anglicare’s report into highly vulnerable teens in Tasmania must be the catalyst for positive change.

Shadow Minister for Child Safety Josh Willie attended the launch of the report in Hobart today.

“Hearing the stories of vulnerable Tasmanians was both confronting and motivating,” Mr Willie said.

“We simply must do better at protecting vulnerable Tasmanians.

“The work done by Anglicare and the Social Action and Research Centre (SARC) is extremely valuable.

“The child protection system in Tasmania is at a critical juncture and this report should help shape what we do next.

“The personal stories of young Tasmanians are crucial in developing policy that properly addresses challenges in the community.

“Very young Tasmanians are experiencing trauma that cannot be ignored.

“We have to make sure the safety nets in place are strong enough to stop young people falling through.

“We need a child protection system in Tasmania that is properly resourced and targeted to the needs of the children and teenagers it’s designed to protect.

“Now is the time for a mature, compassionate conversation about how we can better look after young people.

“Labor is committed to working with young people and the dedicated staff in the sector to ensure positive change.

“A Labor government will employ an additional 20 child safety officers so staff have time to think clearly and act in the best interests of children.”