NSW Police union backs toughening of child neglect sentences after Wollongong 'house of horrors' case

Shannon Tonkin

The NSW Police Association is backing an Illawarra Mercury campaign to increase sentencing penalties for parents convicted of child neglect, as new research shows officers are at the forefront of identifying such cases in the community.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2016-17 Child Protection Australia report says police officers accounted for 21 per cent of total notifications to child protection services – more than teachers, social workers, doctors or family members.

However, where cases of neglect end in criminal charges in NSW, parents and caregivers in all but the most extreme cases will walk away with only a monetary fine due to the limited sentencing options available under the current legislation.

The NSW Police Association is backing an Illawarra Mercury campaign to increase sentencing penalties for parents convicted of child neglect, as new research shows officers are at the forefront of identifying such cases in the community.

The Australian Institute of Health and Welfare’s 2016-17 Child Protection Australia report says police officers accounted for 21 per cent of total notifications to child protection services – more than teachers, social workers, doctors or family members.

However, where cases of neglect end in criminal charges in NSW, parents and caregivers in all but the most extreme cases will walk away with only a monetary fine due to the limited sentencing options available under the current legislation.

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