Ensure the implementation of recommendations within the newly formed child protection department is adequately managed with high-level change agents and appropriately qualified and skilled child protection staff.
Establish a response and implementation team consisting of staff with expertise in child protection, policy, data analysis, stakeholder engagement and legislative development.
Establish an across-government steering committee to monitor and oversee the implementation of recommendations. Membership of the committee should include representation by senior executives from relevant government agencies and include at least one independent member external to the South Australian Government. The Committee should report directly to the Minister for Child Protection Reform as Chair of the Child Protection Reform Cabinet Committee.
Develop an administrative arrangement between the Ombudsman and Health Care and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC) to determine matters in which the Ombudsman would exercise dual jurisdictions, including, but not limited to, child protection complaints.
Amend the Ombudsman Act 1972 (SA) to ensure that complaints about the actions of government agencies, and other agencies acting under contract to the government, concerning child protection services, find principal jurisdiction with the Ombudsman, and not the Health and Community Services Complaints Commissioner, where the complaint is about an administrative act.
Amend legislation to empower the Children’s Commissioner or Guardian for Children and Young people to make complaints to the Ombudsman and Health Care and Community Services Complaints Commissioner (HCSCC) on behalf of a child.
Amend legislation to permit, but not require, Guardian of Children and Young People, Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee and the Children’s Commissioner to share de-identified data.
Collocate the Children’s Commissioner, Guardian for Children and Young People, Child Death and Serious Injury Review Committee and the Child Development Committee, and make arrangements for the sharing of some administrative functions.
Empower the Children’s Commissioner to exercise its statutory powers and functions in relation to such matters, including employing the regime to monitor government responses to recommendations, and escalate the matter to the minister and Parliament where necessary, at his or her sole discretion.