Submission: NSW Inquiry into Child Protection
The welfare of all children is a family and a whole-of-community responsibility. This required building capacity of families, community members, community services, educators, and government departments alike. In doing so, it is imperative to acknowledge and address the structural barriers that many individuals and families face, such as poverty and disadvantage that exacerbate family circumstances which can lead to child abuse or neglect. Much like many other social issues, there is no one solution. If we are to strengthen the capacity of the community, including families to protect the safety of children, and increase their wellbeing, a myriad of responses are needed, and at multiple levels.