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AASW supports recommendations of Forgotten Children report

Published: 25 February 2015

The Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW) strongly supports the recommendations of The Forgotten Children report.

Social workers have consistently reported to the AASW the damage done to children by prolonged incarceration.

Of particular concern to the AASW are the 116 children still detained on Nauru. These children, who have been assisted by social workers, will not be forgotten by the AASW. The AASW is also strongly opposed to any transfer of children from immigration detention in Australia to detention on Nauru.

“The Forgotten Children report records the sad impact on children of inhumane policies by both the Coalition and Labor parties,” says AASW National President Professor Karen Healy.

“We have written to Minister Dutton asking for the release of all children into the community and offering the AASW’s assistance in finding a better way to responding to families seeking asylum from war and persecution. Solutions need to build the social fabric, both internationally and locally, if they are to be sustainable into the future.”

Detaining children and causing them harm should not be used as a deterrent and political strategy. The mandatory detention of children for long periods is a human rights issue and we are diminished as a society by not treating the issue as such.

AASW - Australian Association of Social Workers