Developing a Permanency Framework for Children and Young People in the Child Safety System
TasCOSS urges the development of a permanency framework that will draw together the national Permanency Guiding Principles in a fashion that is focused on:
- A genuinely child-centred approach (Permanency Guiding Principles 1, 5, 7, 9, 10).
- Prevention and early intervention to keep families together (Permanency Guiding Principles 2, 3, 4, 8).
A public health approach, with its greater emphasis on the causes and impacts of poverty and disadvantage that can lie behind child abuse and neglect, not only emphasises assisting families early enough to prevent abuse and neglect from occurring, but also has the potential to produce better outcomes for families and children through more poverty-sensitive decision-making around family preservation, removal of children, and restoration of children to their families.