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$16.7 million plan for generational change in care

Jacquie Petrusma, Minister for Human Services

Increasing the Out of Home Care age to 21, and providing incentive payments to both foster carers and young people for completing their Tasmanian Certificate of Education (TCE) form the centre-piece of our Plan to further improve Child Safety Services.
These measures will assist up to 240 young Tasmanians to gain a good education, and a great future.
A total of $4.35 million over three years has been allocated to ensure that young people transitioning from Out Of Home Care are ready and supported, with $3 million of this to be spent on extended care up to the age of 21.
Of this, $1.2 million has been provided for an incentive payment of $2500 to be paid to both
the foster carer and the young person upon successful completion of their TCE to encourage them to finish their schooling.
An additional funding of $50,000 a year will be given to CREATE Foundation Tasmania to provide further supports to those leaving care.
In total, a re-elected majority Hodgman Liberal Government will invest an additional $16.7 million into Child Safety and Youth Justice Services to build on our Plan and provide the best care for Tasmania’s most vulnerable children and young people.
This is on top of the $51.2 million in increased funding for Out of Home Care and the redesign of child safety services (Strong Families-Safe Kids) we have committed to in our first term.
The bulk of the new additional funding - $9.5 million - has been allocated for over three years for additional intensive family and parenting support services including specific support for at risk youth.
This will include $7.5 million to extend current services such as earlier support so children are less likely to be removed from their families and the remaining $2 million will be allocated to expanding the Youth at Risk Strategy including Individualised Case Management.
We will also provide $900,000 over three years to make it easier for Transfer of Guardianship and adoption processes to prevent children being continually moved between their biological family and foster care homes, $600,000 over three years to ensure mothers at Karinya continue to receive parenting support, and $580,000 will be provided to keep the Kentish Family Support Services open – which was closed under the former Labor-Green Government.
While $600,000 will be allocated over three years for the continued funding of the school based Bravehearts program and $200,000 for the first whole-of-Government Action Plan Against Sexual Violence, to research, develop and review multi-disciplinary models already in place across Australia and to recommend the most suitable approach for Tasmania.
We have made great improvements over the past four years including committing to a redesign of the child safety system, but we know there is still a long way to go.
The Hodgman Government is committed to helping vulnerable children and young people, providing them with the best opportunity to succeed from difficult circumstances often not of their own making.
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