media release

Supporting our children and young people in care remains our priority

The Marshall Liberal Government remains committed to protecting the state’s most vulnerable
children and young people with $609 million allocated in the State Budget 2020-21 to child
protection this financial year.


This represents an 8 per cent increase in spending in child protection compared to 2019-20,
and $79 million more than the former Labor government spent in its last year in
office ($530 million)


The State Budget 2020-21 provides an additional $124 million over four years to meet increased
costs for a projected increase in the number of children and young people in care.


Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson said the safety and wellbeing of children and
young people in care – and better supporting them to reach their full potential – was a number
one priority.


“We are working hard every day to ensure we continue to provide the very best support to our
most vulnerable children and young people in care in South Australia,” said Minister
Sanderson.


“We remain committed to improving outcomes for both children and young people in care, their
families and our carers.


“We remain committed to recruiting foster carers and are better scoping kin to ensure children
and young people have the best opportunities to thrive and reach their full potential.


“Since coming into Government, we are identifying more children who are in need of protection
from abuse and neglect and undertaking more investigations than ever before.


“We are taking a whole-of-government approach to ensure we are better supporting vulnerable
South Australian families before there is a need for them to enter the child protection system.


“I would like to take the opportunity to thank our hardworking staff on the ground supporting our
children and young people around the clock, as well as our wonderful foster and kinship carers
who give love and support to children in care every day.”


Recent Marshall Liberal Government child protection and early intervention measures
include:

  • More than $600,000 commitment to support the roll-out of the new Sanctuary Model of
    therapeutic care to improve outcomes for all children and young people across all
    Department residential care units over the next three years.
  • A $1.6 million commitment to pilot family group conferences as announced in the
    201920 State Budget, which is showing positive results in the early stages of the pilot.
  • Continuation of the commitment to extend payments to foster and kinship carers for
    young people in their care to age 21, as announced in the 2018-19 Budget. The
    Government has committed $20.6 million over the next four years to continue the support
    available to care leavers as more young people take up the option of staying with their
    carers for longer.
  • Pilot programs that aim to keep families together include the $3 million Safe Kids,
    Families Together program and a $2.2 million intensive family support program
    Taikirtirna Tirra-apinthi - Making Safer Families, specifically designed for Aboriginal
    families.