Spotlight on the Commission for Children and Young People PDF Print
7 August 1998
At the end of June, the Carr Government tabled its Bill to establish a Commission for Children and Young People and associated legislation in State parliament.

A major public forum, examining these proposals, is being held on Monday 10 August 1998 at the State Parliament Theatrette, from 9.00 am to 1.00 pm.

The Forum is jointly convened by key organisations working with children and young people in NSW.

The co-convenors are the Association of Children's Welfare Agencies (ACWA), the NSW Child Protection Council, the Council of Social Service of NSW (NCOSS), the State Network of Young People in Care (SNYPIC) and the Youth Action and Policy Association (YAPA).

The Hon Ian Cohen, MLC, who will host the Forum, said, "this event brings together the most qualified and knowledgeable experts on children's issues in this State. The Government has a rare opportunity to listen to these experts and to take into consideration their views."

"Following much public debate about the need to dramatically improve the care and protection of children and young people in our community, these Bills, if appropriately framed, could provide far reaching measures to help meet this objective," said NCOSS Director, Gary Moore.

"The Government has invited public comment on the Bills until the end of August. This Forum provides the opportunity to discuss the strengths and weaknesses of the Government's plans and to help ensure that the proposed Commission can best serve the interests of children and young people," said Nigel Spence, Executive Officer of ACWA.

The Forum will feature presentations from:

  • Professor Patrick Parkinson, Chair, Child Protection Legislation Review on How the Bills relate to each other and how they fit and differ from Wood Royal Commission recommendations;
  • Dr Judy Cashmore, Chair, Child Protection Council on What is proposed and what are the issues with the Commission for Children and Young People;
  • Mr Roger West, Community Services Commissioner, on What is proposed and what are the issues with Employment Screening and Probity.

"The Forum will, no doubt, deliver strong views to the Premier, about what is required with these Bills," added Mr Moore.

Media representatives are welcome to attend the Forum. There will be a formal media conference, in the morning tea break, at 10.50 am in the Parliament House media room.