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Joint Submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW

Fri, 29 Feb 2008

There are many views within the Catholic sector about how to address the problems with the NSW child protection system. While individual Catholic agencies may adopt slightly different positions on key child protection issues, in this submission we have been guided by the principles of Catholic Social Teaching.

Our submission recommends significant reforms to the child protection system - we have developed recommendations regarding early intervention, statutory child protection, out of home care, inter-agency co-operation; and mental health, rural and indigenous issues as they relate to child protection. This continues our long standing commitment to supporting the ongoing dialogue between the NSW Government and the non-government sector about how best to respond to the needs of vulnerable children, young people and their families.

Joint Submission to the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW