The Alliance believes that children who are neglected or abused or who lose their parents, who are removed from their families and taken into care, always suffer personal trauma that requires treatment.

Needs will be individual and treatments may include therapy, counselling, remedial tuition, social skills training and mentoring, but should be provided for as assessed, on demand and fully funded.

Currently, however, only a minority of children in care receives needed treatment for their trauma.

Treatment is a moral imperative: children in care are victims; by taking them into care, society accepts responsibility for needed treatment.

Treatment is also a social and economic imperative: children who have been in care have substantially worse life outcomes on average and consume $738,741 more in social, health and justice services2. Society has a perfect opportunity when these children are in care to intervene to create better life outcomes.