Tasmanian News

Our lost boys and girls

Children in harmful domestic environments are becoming homeless and hardened into crime, drugs and mental illness because Tasmania's child protection system can't accommodate them.

That's the crux of an Anglicare report which describes it as a gross social injustice needing immediate action.

It found 10 to 17 year olds from troubled domestic circumstances are viewed as more capable of looking after themselves than younger children, so they're given a lower level of priority.

Labor leader Rebecca White has responded.

"We need to be resourcing the child protection system, so that when notifications are made about children they can be acted upon swiftly, children can be provided with the care that's required and they can be removed from harm if that's necessary, that report suggests that's not happening."

While pointing to a large extra investment in the system in the past few years, Acting Human Services Minister Rene Hidding maintains the longer term path to protecting children is through addressing the deeper problem of disadvantage.

"We will continue to improve education and training for young people, we will continue to provide them with jobs, the dignity of an income."

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