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Privacy is Important, Safety is more so. Response to Media Coverage of Privacy Issues Relating to Children in Foster Care

Written on September 6, 2017

The NSW Department of Family and Community Services is tabling an amendment to legislation that prohibits the naming of children and young people in care. CREATE recognises the need for privacy, but not at the expense of the safety of children and young people in the care sector.

CREATE Foundation, together with other key agencies are calling for a collaborative approach to seeking legislative changes focussing on Government accountability whilst protecting vulnerable of children and young people in out-of-home care.

“Children and young people need a robust and transparent child protection system, but not at the expense of the child and their family”, Jacqui Reed, CEO CREATE Foundation said.

Children and young people in care already face huge stigma in their day-to-day lives, this can only be made worse by naming them in media.

“Surely we can find a balance between keeping FACS accountable, while also ensuring we protect the rights of vulnerable children and young people in out-of- home care” said Jacqui Reed.

There are currently more than 46,000 children and young people in care across Australia. For more information on CREATE, please visit our website at www.create.org.au