State Liberal leader Steven Marshall has committed to moving responsibility for child protection out of the Education Department and placing it back with the Department of Families and Communities.
Mr Marshall made the announcement earlier this week, in a move that would affect the office in Port Augusta.
On becoming Premier in 2011, Premier Weatherill shifted the child protection functions of Families SA and the Health Department into the Education Department.
The proposal to place child protection back into what is now called the Department for Communities and Social Inclusion will enable the Education Department to focus on getting our state’s education system back on track by improving the numeracy, literacy and academic achievement outcomes according to the Liberal Party.
“This policy will realign government departments to ensure that child safety is once again a priority at home, at school and within the general community,” Mr Marshall said.
“I am committed to further strengthening child protection measures in South Australia to make our State a better and safer place for children."
Mr Marshall said this is the latest Liberal Party policy designed at helping children.
“This latest announcement follows previous significant announcements on appointing a Commissioner for Children and Young People with investigative powers and establishing an Education Ombudsman," he said.
“Child protection will be placed at the centre of a Marshall Liberal government – we will ensure that transparency and accountability on child protection issues is firmly on the government’s agenda.”