Funded after-school care for 12-15yo children!

With the full implementation of Welfare-to-Work legislation taking effect from 1st July 2007, we believe that the Australian Federal Government has a responsibility to provide appropriate child care services for tweens and young teens aged between 12 and 15 years old. Parents, particularly single parents, already struggle with the difficult job of raising teenagers, and this job is made considerably more difficult if children of this age are left unsupervised on a regular basis so that parents can return to work and fulfil participation requirements. Youth services should be provided with funding to provide teenage orientated after school and vacation care to ensure young people have suitable supervision and age appropriate activities while their parents are working. These services should be eligible for Child Care Benefit funding at the same rate as for primary school aged children. We believe that the lack of care for children this age poses significant concerns and barriers to parents who want to return to work, and that the lack of supervision of children in this age group will create considerable family and community problems if not addressed. We will present this petition to Federal Members of Parliament, Federal Cabinet Ministers and other Government officials who are responsible for relevant policy.

Sponsor

Work Savvy Parents, The Single Parent Bible and The Single Parents in Business network are sponsoring this petition. We believe that employment should be a positive experience for single parent and partnered families and that child care for young teens is an important issue that needs to be addressed to assist parents make a positive transition back to work.

Links

http://www.worksavvyparents.com.au Work Savvy Parents provides return-to-work training to parents, particularly those who are affected by participation requirements. We work closely with the Job Network industry and are committed to the idea that part-time employment can and should be a positive experience for both parents and their children. http://www.singleparentbible.com.au The Single Parent Bible is an online glossy magazine for single parents, packed full of enlightening editorial, competitions, budgeting ideas, help lines and much more. Everything the single parent needs to know, delivered in one brightly wrapped inspirational package. http://www.singleparentsinbusiness.com Single Parents in Business is a group formed specifically by single parents for single parents to help motivate, cheer on and promote single parents and their businesses in a positive and upbeat way.

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    Imy, Australia

    3 years ago Comments: This is a desperate situation. Many people who have migrated to Australia, have no family or close friends to help out. Children need supervision and we need to work to survive in this world of escalating costs. It should be a priority to government. These children are the adults of the future and should not be left to fend for themselves on the holidays.
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    TERRI SNEDDON, Australia

    4 years ago Comments: Please I'm a single working mum my son is turning 12 next month will need vacation care.
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    Melinda, Australia

    4 years ago Comments: These kids need care. It is so unsafe for them to be home alone. A study in america has found that teenagers who are alone after school are 37% more likely to become teenage parents. Making the Case: A Fact Sheet on Children and Youth in Out-of-School Time; National Institute on Out-of-School Time, 2005.
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