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NSW Government Child Protection Reform

March 2009

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On 3 March 2009, Premier Nathan Rees and Community Services Minister Linda Burney announced the Government’s package of reforms to the State’s child protection system following Justice Wood’s landmark 2008 inquiry.

The package is in response to Justice Wood’s ‘Keep Them Safe’ report aimed at improving support for at-risk children and families. The five year plan will be developed and executed in partnership with peak bodies, NGOs, unions and government agencies to develop strategies to recruit, train and retrain front line workers who deliver local services. Stage 1 of the Government’s investment will be $230 million with further funding to be considered for the 09/10 Budget.

Key Elements of Government Package

Background of the Keep Them Safe report


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