MEDIA ALERT: Senate inquiry on Out of Home Care kick-starts in Perth
Monday 16 February 2015
WHEN: 8:45am-5:00pm, today
WHERE: Meeting Rooms 5, 6 & 7, Pan Pacific Hotel, 207 Adelaide Tce, Perth
Senator Rachel Siewert – Greens spokesperson on family and community services
WA Council of Social Service
Children’s Youth and Family Agency Association
Alliance for Children at Risk
Wanslea and Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia
Parkerville Children and Youth Care
Family Inclusion Network of WA Inc
Aboriginal Legal Services of WA
Aboriginal Family Law Services
Grandmothers Against Removal
Community Sector Roundtable
Department of Child Protection and Family Support
An inquiry initiated by Greens Senator Rachel Siewert into children living in Out of Home Care has kick started today in Perth.
Peak welfare bodies, relevant departments, and a range of stakeholders will give evidence on a system that is seeing more and more kids entering care, particularly Aboriginal kids.
“This Inquiry should provide the Senate with the opportunity to examine a number of very important issues when it comes to the wellbeing of children and our approach to Out of Home Care at a state and federal level," Senator Rachel Siewert, Australian Greens spokesperson on family and community services said today.
“Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders kids are grossly over represented in the system – roughly one in two kids in Out of Home Care in Western Australia are indigenous. This sort of statistic is shocking.
“We will be hearing from Grandmothers Against Removals at the hearing – these women have experienced forced removal first hand and will recall whether the process was effective.
"With an increasing number of children living in Out of Home Care, it is essential that we have a better understanding of the drivers of this increase, the types of care being used, how children are affected and how we deliver the best outcomes possible for them.
"The wellbeing of children must be our priority, and so this inquiry will examine the ways in which we care for children and how best to support them, their parents, families and carers.
“This inquiry should help establish how best to reduce the amount of children in Out of Home Care; hopefully it provides clear indicators on how we should work preventatively rather than reactively”.