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7The Independent Weekly
December 11 - 17, 2009
South Australian children --
particularly those in struggling
families -- are at risk and SA
now lags behind other states in child
protection and welfare.
That s the view of an increasing
number of independent experts.
"The system is under such enor-
mous pressure that it s imploding,"
said Anglicare SA executive director
"It is not sustainable. You can see
that by the escalating numbers of cases
coming to child protection agencies.
"All the different issues get put
in one basket and they have to sift
through them. Unfortunately, that
means nothing gets done with the
lower-level cases until they escalate."
Mandatory reporting of child abuse
and increased community awareness
have seen the number of child
protection notifications in SA soar by
6000 in the past four years to 23,000 last
year. An SA study found around one in
five children born in 1991 had been the
subject of a child protection notifica-
tion by the time they were 16.
Mr Shrapel, who is also on the
Australian Child and Family Welfare
Association board, said that despite
recent initiatives, SA spent less than
other states on workers and agencies
to support families through early
And shamefully, we also spend less
for children in out-of-home care.
"The sad fact is that SA was the
leader of the pack 25 years ago in
relation to legislation, investment
and policies for child protection and
welfare," Mr Shrapel said, "but now we
are lagging behind. There s no doubt
A damning parliamentary select
committee report on Families SA
released last month also found a crisis
in SA s statutory child protection
The committee, chaired by Liberal
MP Caroline Schaefer, received
evidence suggesting there was a
"rotten culture of power without
accountability" in the department,
with case workers being bullied and
policy makers being unfairly blamed.
Many workers in the field were
young, inexperienced and untrained,
"The passage of legislation with the
cutely reassuring title of Children s
Protection (Keeping Them Safe)
Amendment Bill 2005 and the publica-
tion of glossy brochures in response to
the disturbing findings of the Layton
Report have done nothing to change the
ingrained culture of Families SA," the
committee s report said.
The report was then attacked by
Families SA executive director David
Waterford, who said it was "wrong
and/or misleading about large and
important areas of Families SA s
work, performance, culture, training
and track record, as well as how SA
compares to other jurisdictions".
Mr Waterford acknowledged that
mandatory reporting and the tier
system of identifying children at
severe risk of abuse and neglect was
not perfect, but said it was working
"significantly better" than similar
systems in other states.
Mr Shrapel said although the select
committee report "pointed the finger"
at the department, the problem was
He said many of the legal and policy
changes introduced over the past 20
years were limited to identifying and
reporting abuse after it had occurred.
More effort must be put into
anticipating and reducing risk, he
said. A more holistic approach to
child wellbeing had led to a fall in the
number of reports of child abuse and
neglect in Victoria.
"Departments, by their very nature,
want to look after their patch, so it
needs some enlightened leadership to
develop this approach," Mr Shrapel
said. "The first step is in acknowledg-
ing that the current system, while
necessary for high-risk cases, needs
to be replaced by a more layered
"We need to invest in systems and
organisations that can work with
families we know are struggling.
"We are failing to work with parents
who are under stress until the child is
at real risk and then it s often too late
and the child is taken away from the
This creates even more problems
because of the lack of alternative care
options for children and young people.
The select committee report
concluded there were not enough
appropriate facilities for children
in state care. SA spends less than
the national average per child on
out-of-home care despite having the
highest rate of children in long-term
"Families SA spent $270,000 per child
-- over $16 million in total in 2007-08 -- to
care for a small number of children in
motel-type accommodation," it said.
Many young people also face a
tough time transitioning out of care.
A national report released recently by
the organisation CREATE found more
than 40 per cent did not know where
they would go when they left care, and
almost 35 per cent were homeless in the
Joseph McDowall, author of
CREATE Report Card 2009, said six
in 10 young people transitioning from
care had no Leaving Care Plan.
"Imagine being told at 18 that you
suddenly have to leave where you
are living. Do you know how to cook?
Where will you live? How do you
budget? What about transport?
"There are a whole lot of support
programs available, but they re
"We were staggered by the figures
showing that almost half (of the young
people leaving care) ended up involved
in the juvenile justice system," he said.
"Nobody is very good at monitoring
what happens to young people after
they leave care."
Child care laws
failing to care An Access Economics
report this week indicates
the dramatic cost to the
community of mental
illness in Australia s youth.
This year, the financial
cost of mental illness in
people aged 12-25 was $10.6
billion, with the majority
due to lost productivity
due to lower employment,
absenteeism and premature
death. This equates to
$10,544 a year for each young
Australian with a mental
Mental health is a leading
area of concern to young
Australians, says Mission
Australia, because it is the
key health issue faced by
Mental health disorders
account for more than 50
per cent of the total disease
burden in Australian youth,
led by depression, anxiety,
substance use disorders,
bipolar disorder and
schizophrenia. Almost four
in 10 Australians aged 12-25
years -- that s more than a
million people -- experience
a mental disorder in any
"Since 75 per cent of
mental health disorders
emerge before the age of
25, preventative or early
to young people have
the capacity to generate
greater personal, social
and economic benefits
than intervention at any
other time in the lifespan,"
said Orygen youth health
research centre s associate
professor Rosemary Purcell.
"Early, effective interven-
tion, targeting young
people aged 12 -- 25 years
should be a community and
Anglicare SA executive director Simon
Photo: Kate Elmes
Photo: Angela Wylie
SA once had a child
that was one of the
best in Australia.
Not any more,
writes Suzie Keen
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