Nicole Lawder wants more done for Care and Protection

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THE Liberals’ Nicole Lawder is concerned that funding in real terms is dropping for Canberra’s already hard pressed Care and Protection Services.

“All of the information we have suggests that Care and Protection Services requiresa major overhaul but the government isn’t increasing funding to the area enough to even cover CPI,” Nicole said.

“Report after report has shown that Care and Protection Services are well behind in the ACT. The Report on Government Services released in January showed that funding for Care and Protection Services in the ACT was the lowest of any jurisdiction.

“The Public Advocate has released reports over numerous years detailing the failures while the Auditor-General has also reaffirmed the major issues in Care and Protection through a report released in 2013.

“The Children and Young People Death Review Committee in a report released in November last year stated 20% of children who died in the ACT from the five years from 2008 were either known to Care and Protection or their siblings were.

“This is such an important area for the government and I’m calling on the Minister to reconsider funding for vulnerable Canberrans,” Ms Lawder concluded.

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