$342million funding for ‘Keep Them Safe’ child protection initiative
The funding significantly exceeds the $35 million allocated child protection legislative reforms in November 2013. Minister for Family and Community Services, Gabrielle Upton said the investment was proof of the NSW Government’s commitment to giving the most vulnerable children and families the chance of a better future.
“This commitment is particularly important to our partner non-government organisations that are a critical part of delivering real outcomes on the frontline of child protection and wellbeing”, Ms Upton said.
The funding follows reforms recommended by Justice Wood’s 2008 Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW, and supports the landmark child protection legislative reforms recently introduced into Parliament.
“This $342 million commitment will ensure that vulnerable children and families continue to receive support while a comprehensive evaluation of Keep Them Safe is completed”.
Other components of Keep Them Safe include Child Wellbeing Units within Health, Police, and Education and Communities and the establishment of Family Referral Services.
“The NSW Government, through these programs, wants to ensure vulnerable children receive fast, efficient and appropriate referral services that are more easily accessible in times of emergency,” Ms Upton said.