Abused and neglected receive boost

ABUSED and neglected children and young people in the Gympie region will benefit from more than $4.2 million in Bligh Government Child Safety funding over the next three years.

Child Safety Minister Phil Reeves said the funding would go to Spiritus to assist children and young people in the local area who were unable to live at home.

“This organisation will provide a range of services for children in care,” Mr Reeves said. “Spiritus will recruit specialist foster carers for children with complex needs, and provide safe places to live for teens in houses with live-in carers in the Gympie area.”

Mr Reeves said some of these children would have high to complex needs, ranging from medical issues to challenging behaviours.

“Children and young people in care have often suffered severe abuse or neglect, leaving children with emotional scars and behavioural issues,” he said.

“Support and care from youth workers and other professionals can help rebuild their lives. Our community partners and foster carers help ensure neglected children and young people receive necessities such as food, shelter, education, spiritual and cultural wellbeing, belonging and opportunities for their future.

“The Queensland Government is committed to working with non-government organisations across the state by providing funding and support to help deliver much-needed services.”

The funds will also help create and sustain 13 full-time equivalent jobs as part of the Child Safety budget in 2010-11.

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