This report documents the prevalence and experiences of Tasmanian parents who have children repeatedly removed by Child Safety Services, with removal of a child followed by a subsequent pregnancy, further court proceedings and another removal at or shortly after birth or during infancy. This tragic cycle can be repeated a number of times with children being ‘born into care’. Through interviews with 15 parents and over 80 service providers, the research documents the experience of removal and its consequences for parents, examines the current service network and its capacity to support them and reviews interventions which are being deployed in other jurisdictions, both nationally and internationally, to break this cycle.

The research involved:

  • using data from the Child Protection Information Database to estimate the prevalence and characteristics of repeat removal in Tasmania;
  • collating the experiences of 15 parents and over 80 service providers;
  • mapping current service initiatives in Tasmania to support parents who experience child removal; and
  • reviewing research, policy and good practice literature about repeat removal and interventions designed to reduce it.

SOURCE: Hinton, Teresa. “Breaking the Cycle: Supporting Tasmanian parents to prevent recurrent child removals.” Anglicare Tasmania, September 2018.