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The upcoming election in New South Wales (NSW) Australia is set to be a memorable one, with many of the polls predicting a Liberal government will be in power for the first time in decades.
Current Labor Premier Kristina Kinneally has been campaigning in a series of interviews, advertisements and public policy announcements.
Opposition Liberal leader Barry O’Farrell has recently received positive publicity from two high profile charities in NSW with an announcement that a Coalition government would begin policies to bring children out of care homes.
Ms Jane Woodruff CEO of UnitingCare Burnside said that the removal of children from their homes can often be highly traumatic.
“We welcome an approach that aims to work closely with families to reduce
the number of children in care.
“It is important, however, that policy changes do not provide any obstacles to
removing those children in need of care and protection. Any child that needs
to be removed from their home should be – that is not negotiable,” Ms
The Association of Children’s Welfare Agencies (ACWA) also expressed its strong support for the proposed policy changes.
ACWA CEO Andrew McCallum said that reducing the number of children in care should be a priority for the government.
“Reform in this area is long overdue.
“Increasing the non-government sector’s role in service delivery, combined with a significant investment in prevention and early intervention services, will go a long way to breaking the cycle of child abuse and neglect in our community and ensuring that removing a child from their family remains a solution of last resort.”
The election will be decided in NSW at the end of March.