This is my Office’s second State of Care report. I am proud that presenting this report will be one of my last acts as Children’s Commissioner before my term ends on 30 June 2016.
The Office of the Children’s Commissioner (OCC) has always monitored and reported on the quality of services Child, Youth and Family (CYF) provides to children and young people, but it is only in the past two years that we have aggregated our findings in a public report like this. It couldn’t be more timely; as we have worked to prepare this and the last State of Care report, the Minister of Social Development has overseen a parallel process of reviewing CYF. In its final report released in April 2016, the Expert Advisory Panel (EAP) recommended a wholesale reform of the care and protection and youth justice systems. I agree with the EAP’s findings and am pleased with the direction of the reforms, which have the potential to significantly improve outcomes for children and young people.
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