Media Releases

Liberal Government to extend carer payments to children aged 21 from January 1, 2019

From today, family-based carers will be able to access carer payments for young people up to age 21, providing greater stability and opportunities for them to thrive and reach their full potential.

New early intervention pilot program aims to keep families together

The Liberal Government will pilot a ground-breaking new early intervention program specifically developed for South Australian families at risk of having their children enter the child protection system.

State Government to close 12-bed Queenstown Unit and develop new out of home care model

The State Government will close the 12-bed Queenstown Community Unit in response to ongoing concerns regarding the care of children and young people living in the large-scale residential care facility.

In addition to closing Queenstown, the Department for Child Protection will develop a new out of home care model to better support Aboriginal children and young people in care by April 2019.

Progress to better protect children from institutional child sexual abuse

The State Government will today table the first annual report for the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, detailing significant steps that have been taken to better protect children.

This whole-of-government report, which is the first of five, demonstrates the work happening across agencies to make institutions safer for children.

New pilot program helping young people transitioning from care to adulthood

A new State Government pilot program being delivered by two leading community organisations is helping young people in care with complex needs transition smoothly into adult life in regional South Australia.

Government taskforce to redesign SA’s child abuse and neglect early intervention and prevention system

A newly formed State Government Taskforce has been charged with redesigning South Australia’s child abuse and neglect early intervention and prevention system.

The Taskforce establishment forms part of the Marshall Liberal Government’s commitment to targeting early intervention and prevention, with the aim of reducing the impact and extent of child abuse and neglect in South Australia.

Adelaide to host world leading congress on child abuse and neglect

The State Government has won a bid to host a world leading congress, with more than 1000 international experts set to converge on Adelaide in late 2020 to discuss new and innovative ways to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect.

New funding towards South Australian research to tackle child abuse and neglect

The State Government has awarded the state’s leading researchers an almost $1 million boost towards further understanding and tackling child abuse and neglect.

Minister for Human Services Michelle Lensink said the two postdoctoral fellowship programs, worth just under $1 million over two years, will be critical in shaping the state’s early intervention services in the future.

SA National Apology events today for victims and survivors of Institutional Child Sexual Abuse

South Australians who experienced institutional child sexual abuse and their supporters will gather at ceremonial events across the state this morning to mark the National Apology.

The event, which falls during National Children’s Week, will be held at the Adelaide Convention Centre where the Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson will deliver a State Apology on behalf of the South Australian Government.

New legislation signals biggest change to South Australia’s child protection system in 25 years

Supporting safe and nurturing environments, strengthening the voice of the child and ensuring carers are a central part of decision-making, are among key features of new child safety legislation passed in Parliament today.

The Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, which comes into effect on 22 October 2018, provides an opportunity for sector-wide change to improve outcomes for South Australian children and young people.