Peak Aboriginal organisations have called for a block of the South Australian Governments reform of the states Child Protection system and are demanding further amendments and greater community consultation.
The Children and Young People (Safety) Bill was introduced to the South Australian Parliament in February 2017 to replace the Children’s Protection Act 1993. The Bill aims to provide stability and ensure young people in out of home care have a voice.
The Bill is currently before the South Australian Legislative Council and has been heavily criticized following claims that the state Governments bid to reform to the child protection system did not involve extensive consultation with peak Aboriginal organisations.
With around 33 percent of all children in out of home care in South Australia being Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander CEO of Aboriginal Family Support Services and Chairperson of SNAICC, Sharon Williams told CAAMA Radio there needs to be more engagement with the Aboriginal community.
But the South Australian Government has reiterated its commitment to address the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the child protection system.
A spokesperson for John Rau the South Australian Minister for Child Protection Reform said the collaboration between the Department of Child Protection and the Aboriginal Community Leadership Reference Group has ensured Aboriginal community voices are heard.
The Aboriginal Community Leadership Group, was established in 2016 to provide advice to Government to address recommendations from the Child Protection Systems Royal Commission.