Somebody in your corner

On 21 December 2023, the Acting Commissioner published Somebody in your corner: The views of children, young people, carers and care providers on children and young people being stable and safe in out-of-home care on behalf of Commissioner McLean. 

This report presents the diverse views and experiences of children, young people, carers and care providers in relation to out-of-home care, complementing previously released resources (linked below). 

Commissioner McLean acknowledges the participation of the many children, young people, carers and care providers who shared their views and experiences of the out-of-home care system. 

Content warning:

The investigation report is about the experiences of children and young people in care in Tasmania. Some of their stories reference feelings of neglect, abandonment, and insecurity. In telling these stories, some children and young people have used strong language. Some readers might find parts of this report distressing. The following services listed below can be contacted for support:  

Kids Helpline: 1800 55 1800  

1800 Respect: 1800 737 732  

Lifeline: 13 11 14  

Family Violence Counselling Support Service: 1800 608 122  

The Tell Someone website:  

13YARN Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Crisis Support: 13 92 76  

If you are worried about the health and safety of a child or young person, please contact the Strong Families Safe Kids Advice and Referral Line on 1800 000 123.