LNP welcomes protection for indigenous children

6 Nov 2008 9:47 AMJann Stuckey

6 November 2008

Today’s announcement of a new peak body representing Aboriginal and
Torres Strait Islander children in care was welcome but the fact it
was needed underlined the Bligh government’s failure to fix the child
protection system.

LNP Child Safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said the high number of
Aboriginal children in care was unacceptable and glaring problems in
the child protection system were a result of the government’s neglect.

“The lack of early intervention programs to assist indigenous families
at risk has seen the rate of abuse in remote communities spiral to
epidemic proportions,” Mrs Stuckey said.

“I have been calling on the Bligh government to adhere to the
Indigenous Child Placement Principle (ICPP), which requires children
to be placed with kin as a matter of priority, yet still maintain
contact with their culture and traditions.

“We know for a fact the Premier has refused to release a damning
(ICPP) report from the Commissioner for Children which was scathing of
indigenous child placement by the (Child Safety) Department.

“I welcome the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child
Protection Peak (QATSICPP) Body and I look forward to working with
them to improve the lives of indigenous children.

“It is a priority of the LNP to build strong functional local
communities in conjunction with peak Indigenous bodies so that young
victims of abuse can be placed in kinship care without fear of further
abuse.

“Greater emphasis must be focussed on reducing the number of children
placed into care outside their communities.

“Better early intervention services would achieve this result.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919