Commissioner for Children and Young People: Family Violence and Children and Young People in Tasmania - Tasmanian Government Response
The Tasmanian Government welcomes the Commissioner for Children and Young People’s (the Commissioner) Report into Family Violence and Children and Young People in Tasmania (the Report). The Tasmanian Government acknowledges the Commissioner’s ongoing role and commitment to addressing family violence in Tasmania.
The Commissioner has made 26 key findings across four main areas:
- the effects of family violence on children and young people;
- bringing children and young people into focus;
- Tasmania’s integrated family violence service response; and
- the service system for children and young people experiencing family violence.
The Tasmanian Government is broadly supportive of the findings and commends the Commissioner on the release of the Report.
The Commissioner has acknowledged the important work taking place through Safe Homes, Safe Families: Tasmania’s Family Violence Action Plan 2015-20 (Safe Homes, Safe Families). Safe Homes, Safe Families is the Tasmanian Government’s coordinated strategic response to address family violence and represents the start of a long term commitment to the Tasmanian community.
The Commissioner’s Report provides a welcome addition to the existing evidence base and provides a foundation for future work by the Tasmanian Government to address family violence and its impact on children and young people.
Through Safe Homes, Safe Families the Tasmanian Government has acknowledged the need to develop a more integrated and collaborative service system, an area for improvement highlighted in the Commissioner’s Report. Parallel work to deliver a more integrated service response is underway through Safe at Home, the Tasmanian Government’s integrated criminal justice response to family violence and Strong Families ‑ Safe Kids which will redesign Tasmania’s child protection services.
A strong theme within the Commissioner’s Report is the importance of children’s voices being heard in research, service design and policy making. The Tasmanian Government will continue to explore ways to strengthen its consultation processes with children and young people to ensure their views and experiences are heard and reflected in the programs and services designed to support them.
In response to the Commissioner’s findings, the Tasmanian Government will develop a Family Violence Practice Guide to strengthen the understanding of family violence and referral pathways for Tasmanian organisations working directly or indirectly with those experiencing family violence. The development of this guide will be included as a new Safe Homes, Safe Families action.
The Tasmanian Government will continue its commitment to participating in the national response to family violence through the recently released Third Action Plan Promising Results 2016‑2019 (the Third Action Plan) of the National Plan to Reduce Violence Against Women and their Children 2010-2022 (the National Plan).