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|Report of the Independent Inquiry into Foster and Kinship Care||1.73 MB|
On 9 December 2021, an amendment was made to the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, requiring that an Inquiry into Foster and Kinship care be conducted by an independent person. Dr Fiona Arney was appointed to lead the Independent Inquiry into Foster and Kinship Care on 23 December 2021.
Submissions were received from kinship carers, foster carers for children in emergency, short-term, long-term and respite placements, specific child only carers, long term guardians, Aboriginal carers and non-Aboriginal carers, carers from metropolitan and regional areas, carers who had been caring for many years and newly approved carers. Experiences of carers who made submissions were very consistent, and where there have been specific issues for particular carer groups, this is noted in the report.
The scope of this inquiry was determined under section 169A of the Children and Young People (Safety) Act 2017, and included, but wasn't limited to: