- Category: NSW Ombudsman
- Published: Saturday, 02 June 2012 19:16
- Written by Michael Hart
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Over twice as many children are in foster care in NSW compared with a decade ago --- yet there is no research to support this change -- where is the evidence that it is better than providing community services to those in need? We are spending $500.00 / year protecting children - most of it does NOT go into protecting children from harm but reacting to children after they are harmed. *Page 2 - Source
There was a $300,000,000.00 increase over my last figures yet most (65%) still goes into OOHC. *Source
"?Nationally, approximately $2.5 billion was spent on child protection and out-of-home care services in 2009–10, which was an increase of $296.3 million (13.2%) from 2008–09. Of this expenditure, out-of-home care services accounted for the majority (64.9% or $1.7 billion). " FIRST PAGE
Indicating that for the majority of cases children are harmed and lawyers are involved before anything gets done.
The cost of the Lawyers and courts (CPS) is also pretty high accounting for over 30% in NSW.