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Legalisation of Marijuana

The Child Protection Party does not have any policy or policy position on the legalisation of marijuana. Following a query from a party member, we have decided to sound out your views. Should the Party have a policy or policy position on the subject? Should we support the total legalisation of marijuana? If so, for what reasons do you think we should have a policy or a policy position? If not, for what reasons do you think we should not have a policy or a policy position? Should we support the legalisation of marijuana for medicinal use only? If so, for what reasons do you think we should have a policy or a policy position? Can you cite medical conditions for...

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Kinship and Foster Carers

Child Protection Party Position on Kinship Care We support the need for children to remain with their biological family where possible.  All avenues for family care need to be explored.  The suitability of kinship care needs to be explored; however, it should not be viewed as a given just because of biological connection. This includes all family types such as same-sex, grandparents etc. We believe that family history needs to be considered, especially where intergenerational abuse has been identified.  It is important not to put children in the care of grandparents or other kinship care who were abusive of the parents or have a history of abuse to children.  We must be aware that a family member may have contributed...

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Social Worker Policy

The Child Protection Party believe that there needs to be a process which makes all Child Protection Workers accountable for their behaviour. It is important therefore for every employee of a state based child protection service, who holds a University degree which entitles them to conduct specific roles within the child protection system, be registered with their Profession’s peek organisation. This policy relates to both Government and Non-Government Organisations. If a person holds a Social Work degree they are deemed a “Social Worker” regardless of the title used by the organisation. If a person holds a Social Science degree then they are not a Social Worker and cannot hold that title but are given a title which best fits with...

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Residential Care Policy

In 2015, nationwide, there were 11581 children were admitted to some form of residential care facility. The total number of children living in a residential care facility, nationwide, in 2015 was 43399. In order for children to thrive, they must be raised in loving, nurturing environments. Residential care units do not provide this loving, nurturing environment. According to the Nyland Report: "Large units do not provide the homely environment that children need, and the warehousing of a large number of children with complex behaviours under one roof inevitably leads to residents learning new behaviours from each other. It creates an unsafe living environment.” [Emphasis added] and “The records of the use of violence against residents have been systematically ignored” By...

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National Approach to Child Protection Policy

The Child Protection Party is concerned with the poor standard of child protection across Australia. There is not one state who is demonstrating a better understanding of child protection than another. All states are stuck in the same mindset and are unable to conceive of a child protection system apart from the one they currently use. The Child Protection Party recognises that child protection is an Australia wide issue and is not confined to one State and Territory even though we recognise that some States have greater issues regarding the removal of indigenous children. Child Protection is everyone’s business. There is no standardised approach to child protection and there is no singular federal organisation monitoring the practices and effectiveness of...

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