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Number of South Australian Children in Emergency Accommodation Surges

© Sputnik / Konstantin Chalabov / Go to the photo bankThe number of vulnerable children in South Australia (SA) being placed in last resort emergency housing is on the rise, Pam Simmons, Guardian of Children and Young People, said Monday.
The number of vulnerable children in South Australia (SA) being placed in last resort emergency housing is on the rise, Pam Simmons, Guardian of Children and Young People, said Monday. - Sputnik International
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The child protection care workforce is cut by resignations and suspensions which increases demand for interim arrangements. As of the start of December 2014, some 78 children per night were living in emergency accommodation, compared to about 30 children in October 2013.

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MOSCOW, January 12 (Sputnik) — The number of vulnerable children in South Australia (SA) being placed in last resort emergency housing is on the rise, Pam Simmons, Guardian of Children and Young People, said Monday.

The country’s child protection care workforce “is temporarily reduced as a result of suspensions and resignations [and] this means fewer placements in [longer-term] residential care and increased demand for interim arrangements,” Simmons was quoted as saying by the Herald Sun, following an inquiry on the suspension of 25 care-givers.

According to the online newspaper, as of the start of December 2014, some 78 children per night were living in emergency accommodation, compared to about 30 children in October 2013. Emergency accommodation includes motel rooms, rented apartments or cabins in South Australia.

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According to the newspaper, authorities have also been challenged to find foster parents willing to take in large sibling groups.

Simmons added that, at any given time there are as many as 20 children staying in emergency housing for up to 18 months, before arrangements can be made for them to be transferred to foster homes.

Meanwhile, Rachel Sanderson, an SA member of parliament and advocate for child protection, has called on the government to explain the “significant jump” in the number of children in emergency care, as quoted by the Herald Sun.

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