KPMG's Review and Development of Potential Reforms for Tasmanian Child Protection and Out of Home Care Sectors recommended the development of regional support networks for families and more variety in types of care.
Lara Giddings commissioned KPMG's Review in 2007 when she was the Minister for Health and Human Services. KPMG"s report draws on the findings and recommendations made by Alison Jacob and David Fanning in the 2006 Report on Child Protection Services in Tasmania. In brief, that report found that child protection services had to deal with an increasing number of notifications without having the resources to do so and suggested that more effective use be made of family and other services to reduce the need for so many notifications.
KPMG recommended the development of a family support system for children, young people, and their families through four regional networks that pulled together a variety of different kinds of assistance. These networks would include social workers, guidance officers, family services, neighbourhood houses, and services to assist with mental health, disability, drug and alcohol problems, and family violence. The aim would be to provide early intervention to families to prevent their children from becoming at risk. The services would have three tiers:
The report set out clear guidelines for responding quickly and effectively with notifications.
KPMG recommended that, over a period of five years, out of home care be out sourced to non-government organisations who would oversee the care of state wards. However, the state would remain the guardian of the children.
A variety of types of care would be offered to ensure that the needs of different children could be met:
There would also be a range of specialist options:
The carers could be any adult age, single, married or in a de facto relationship, living in their own or a rented home, unemployed, employed, or self employed in any kind of work and with any level of income. They should receive enough remuneration to provide the child with a modest standard of living and to reflect their own experience.
Sources used to compile this entry: New Directions for Child Protection in Tasmania: An Integrated Strategic Framework, Department of Health and Human Services, Tasmania, January 2008, 147 pp, http://web.archive.org/web/20150330012945/http://www.dhhs.tas.gov.au/__data/assets/pdf_file/0017/63161/DHHS_version_KPMG_June08_FINAL.pdf.
Prepared by: Caroline Evans
Created: 27 May 2014, Last modified: 24 June 2014