Q4 - Child abuse
International evidence demonstrates that children raised by married parents are at a significantly less risk of abuse than children being raised by parents in a de facto relationship. However, New South Wales currently does not record the marital status of the parents in a household where a child is living when child abuse is confirmed. Collecting adequate data to identify risk factors for child abuse is essential for the protection of children.
Would you support measures to require the collection of data on marital status in relation to confirmed cases of child abuse?
|Christian Democratic Party
Labor is concerned about cuts to the overall expenditure by Family and Community Services on child protections services by more than $56 million since 2011. The Productivity Commission has confirmed that the Baird Government slashed frontline child protection services to cover an increase in the number of children in care.
Child protection investigations have experienced cuts of $118 million over four years. The investment in family support is down $20 million since Labor was in Government. Real expenditure on child protection services per child is now less than four years ago. Total cuts to the front line child protection services total $56 million in three years.
These cuts are putting children's safety at risk.
Liberal - National Party
Since 2011, the NSW Government has increased the transparency of the child protection system. By shining a light on the child protection system we can improve services and most importantly outcomes for the most vulnerable members in the community. The NSW Ombudsman acknowledged the significant progress made by this Government in improving the transparency and accountability of the system. We are now publishing meaningful and comprehensive data about the frontline strength of Family and Community Services on the Community Services Caseworker Dashboard, publishing the Annual Child Deaths Report each year since 2011, and passed new laws which will further improve transparency by giving the Ombudsman greater powers to report on systemic issues.
We reject the assertion that children raised by married parents experience lower rates of child abuse that do not also correlate to other factors such as socioeconomic status. Such burden of proof would be onerous. The collection of such data in NSW would be a patently political stunt, not out of concern for the welfare of children, and we would not support it.
Authorised by: David Phillips, FamilyVoice Australia, 4th Floor, 68 Grenfell St, Adelaide SA 5000