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Young People’s Short Film Celebrates Child Safety Officers in Child Protection Week!

Written on September 8, 2020

Tuesday, 8th September, 2020, children and young people with an out-of-home care experience will launch a new short film featuring their art and expressing their thoughts on how we can put children first, at a special Child Protection Week event in Hobart.

Held 6-12th of September, this year’s Child Protection Week theme is “Putting children first” and in Hobart, will feature a sector-wide event to celebrate and recognise the dedicated work of Child Safety Officers (CSO’s). The Sausage Sizzle will be attended by Minister Roger Jaensch MP, Commissioner for Children Leanne McClean, CREATE Foundation, Kennerley, Life Without Barriers, Baptcare, Key Assets, Foster and Kindship Carers Association Tasmania, Moonah Rotary, children, young people, and sector workers.

Jubilee White, aged 20, is a Young Consultant with CREATE Foundation and when asked about Child Protection Week said:

 “I’d like to thank my previous Child Safety Officer for all her support in assisting my transition to independence”.

Jubilee also featured in CREATE Foundation’s Child Protection Week video, titled “Putting Children First” with a quote from Jubilee, “Just because you put a fish in a tank, doesn’t mean it’s going to have everything it needs.”

Jubilee’s perspective highlights the importance of children and young people in care requiring active support and assistance from their CSOs and caseworkers, to ensure that their needs are met throughout their care experience.

Jubilee also said, “I would like to thank all CSO’s, like my previous CSO, who go above and beyond to support the children and young people on their caseload, with all the essentials, that make a young person’s experience in care, one of comfort and support.”

CREATE Foundation is the national consumer body representing the voices of children and young people with an out-of-home care experience (including kinship care, foster care and residential care). CREATE develops policy and research to report on and advocate for a better care system.

CREATE Foundation’s Tasmanian Coordinator, Danni Ashton said “The collaborative sausage sizzle event organised by Out of Home Care organisations and the Moonah Rotary is a wonderful way to thank everyone who works for Child Safety Services.”

“This event has been a great opportunity to screen the “Putting Children First” short film created by CREATE Foundation which features inspiring thoughts of what putting children first means to Tasmanian children and young people in care.”

The short film, “Putting Children First”, will be released 10am, Tuesday 8th Sep on the CREATE YouTube Channel

For further information please visit Child Protection Week 2020 website link

To read more about CREATE visit our website: www.create.org.au

For further comment from CREATE’s Tasmanian Coordinator, Danni Ashton, and/or a young person with care experience contact:

Keryn Nylander, via 0418 996 536 in Tasmania, or Leigh White, CREATE Communications Advisor, via (m) 0431 932 122 or leigh.white@create.org.au 

Key statistics on the care sector in Australia:

  1. 44,906 children were in out-of-home care across Australia (AIHW 2020)
  2. Young people in out-of-home care are 16 times more likely to be under a youth justice order than the general population
  3. 35% of young people experience homelessness within the first year of leaving care
  4. 46% of males have been involved with the justice system since leaving care
  5. 29% of young people who have left care or preparing to leave care are unemployed
  6. 36% children and young people in care do not live with any of their siblings
  7. 35% of young people in care have five or more caseworkers during their time in care
  8. 67% of young people in care over the age of 15 are not aware of having a leaving care plan

McDowall, J. J. (2015). Sibling placement and contact in out-of-home care. Sydney: CREATE Foundation