Children and young people

Michelle Wisbey Uncategorized

 Protecting our youngest citizens. 

There are many people in our society who, through no fault of their own, have been left voiceless.

When this occurs, it is all too often the youngest people in our communities who suffer.

As of June this year, there are 1203 children in out-of-home care in the state, a number that has increased in the last year.

We already know young people are over-represented in the Tasmanian homeless population and on any given night, about 190 people aged between 12 and 18 do not have a home to go to.

On top of this, Tasmania has particular challenges with low rates of educational attainment, particularly among children who are experiencing disadvantage.

We need to be working together, alongside all levels of government, community organisations and schools, to ensure our youngest citizens get the good life they deserve.

Blog posts

A voice for parents. Media Release on Budget Priority Statement

A voice for parents Media Release: Tuesday 11 Dec 2018 The Tasmanian Government has been urged to fund an advocacy organisation to represent parents involved with the Child Safety system. The recommendation was included in a budget priorities submission prepared by Anglicare which said the measure would improve outcomes for ...

Thinking differently about families

This piece by Maria Harries originally ran in the Hobart Mercury on September 14, 2018, as 'Talking Point: Tassie prepared to think differently to help struggling families'. It is reproduced here with permission. Tasmania is a state prepared to think and do things differently to advance the wellbeing of children. ...

In Limbo

When I arrived at SARC nearly three years ago, I was handed the Rental Affordability Snapshot to do, with a wry smile and sympathetic look from the rest of the team. Two clear messages emerged from this work: Tasmania is losing rental stock; and Affordability in the private rental sector ...