National Child Protection Week (7.9.2017)
Written on the 8 September 20177 September 2017
GEORGIE CROZIER (LIB - Southern Metropolitan)
This week is National Child Protection Week and a great reminder for everyone in the community to think about the safety and security of some of our most vulnerable Victorians.
The week also includes the support of child protection workers in the most difficult of circumstances; however, genuine support from the Andrews Labor government is absent. The churn of workers through the system is just too large. The lack of support by the Andrews Labor government for the child protection system is disappointing for the Victorian community but most importantly disappointing for those affected and in need.
Tragically there were 49 deaths of children in child protection in 2016/17 the highest number ever recorded in Victoria.
And when you look at the stats you can see the deterioration of the child protection system in Victoria since the election of the Andrews government an 80.71 per cent increase in child protection assaults, a 142.23 per cent increase in behaviour issues within child protection and a 73.93 per cent increase in total category 1 child protection incidents.Unfortunately we saw child protection in crisis under the Brumby Labor government under now police minister Lisa Neville. The system was restored by my colleague Ms Wooldridge, but unfortunately we have another developing crisis under Ms Mikakos, the Minister for Families and Children. As Leesa Waters, deputy CEO of the National Association for the Prevention of Child Abuse and Neglect, stated:
Don't wait until a child has been abused or neglected before you do something.
We need to work together as a community to stop this from happening in the first place.