Background

Keep Them Safe is the NSW Government's response to the Wood Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW, which was established on 14 November 2007. The New South Wales Governor commissioned the Hon. James Wood, AO, QC to conduct an inquiry to determine what changes within the child protection system are required to cope with future levels of demand. The full Terms of Reference for the Inquiry is available.

The Report of the Special Commission of Inquiry into Child Protection Services in NSW was released by the Government on 24 November 2008. The Report can be accessed as three volumes:

The Executive Summary and Recommendations is also available.

The Department of Premier and Cabinet (DPC) has coordinated the government's position on each of the Inquiry's recommendations.

Keep Them Safe was significantly informed by consultations with key stakeholders including peak non-government organisations (NGOs), representatives of the Aboriginal community, and government agencies. The Keep Them Safe: A shared approach to child wellbeing action plan, published in 2009, sets out the government's commitment to better protect and support children, young people, and families.

Keep Them Safe funding

A $750 million Keep Them Safe funding package was announced on 16 June 2009 when the 2009-10 NSW State Budget was handed down. This funding includes allocations for:

  • enhanced prevention and early intervention services
  • improving services for Aboriginal children and young people
  • enhanced acute services (e.g. intensive family preservation)
  • changes to the child protection system and services
  • out-of-home care.

Significantly, more than 40 per cent of the funding package will go to non-government organisations, reflecting the additional involvement and responsibilities they will assume under Keep Them Safe. Details of the funding package are available in the Keep Them Safe Budget Overview.