Sheila McHale

Sheila McHale

Minister for Disability Services; Tourism; Culture and the Arts; Consumer Protection

    Government appoints Advocate for Children in Care

    19/01/2006 12:00 AM

    Western Australia’s first Advocate for Children in Care has been appointed to focus on the interests of children and young people in State care.

    Community Development Minister Sheila McHale today announced child protection expert Judy Garsed (pronounced Gar-sed) had been appointed to the position.

    “Ms Garsed will advocate for young people and children in care, liaise with children and service providers, give strategic advice, develop policies and manage complaints,” Ms McHale said.

    “She will work in the interests of children and young people in out-of-home care services, including residential care units, foster care or kinship care placements.”

    The Minister said Ms Garsed brought to the role 25 years’ experience in the child protection sector, having worked in the United Kingdom, Queensland and WA.

    “She is committed to linking with children and young people in care to make sure they have a voice and developing services that will give them the best results,” Ms McHale said.

    “Her extensive background in working with children in care, clinical supervision to professional workers, implementing major reform and extensive experience in complex family cases will help improve the quality of care to children.”

    The Minister said Ms Garsed, who took up her appointment on Monday, January 16, would report directly to the Department for Community Development’s Director General.

    Minister's office: 9213 6900