The new Department for Child Protection opens today signalling a fresh start for child protection in South Australia.
The department was created in response to recommendations in the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission “The life they deserve” that was presented to the state government in August this year.
While a lot of this work has been occurring behind the scenes over recent months to ensure staff, the agencies that support child protection and the whole community are involved in the process, the way the department can be contacted will not change.
Over the remainder of the year, the Department for Child Protection will continue working with the Attorney-General’s Department on the government’s response to Commissioner Nyland’s report .
Work already underway across child protection includes the new Choose to Care campaign to encourage an increase in foster cares; strong relationship with non-government organisations and other key partners; innovative parenting programs; and as well as child well-being practitioners working with schools to continue to grow partnerships with the education sector.
Partnerships are critical to providing the ‘fresh start’ for child protection in South Australia.
The new Department for Child Protection will retain the Families SA contact numbers making the transition away from the Department for Education and Child Development seamless.