The request for information is titled "How can government improve results for our most vulnerable (at-risk) children and their families?"
"We want to focus on how to get better results for children and their families at most risk of poor education, criminal justice and employment outcomes. They will probably have multiple risk factors, including being:
•children vulnerable to abuse or neglect
•unsupported/vulnerable teen parents
•children and young people with conduct problems
•children needing a range of services to succeed in school
•people not in safe, secure housing
•children in families with gang connections
•children in families with prison connections
•violent families, including victims and perpetrators."
This is ground already well traveled.
Treasury seems loathe to review or take on any advice, analysis, or research that may be available from other government departments or published in other studies and reports.
Let's see what has there been lately - and maybe we can save Treasury just a little time by providing the crowd without reinventing the wheel:
Submissions were called for the Vulnerable Children Bill - now an Act.
There's the Children's Action Plan - and there were submissions called for the Green Paper for Vulnerable Children.
The Children's Commissioner has a number of reports and briefing papers - including
Treasury you should take a look at the actual longitudinal studies.
Then there is the sterling work done by such groups as the Child Poverty Action Group (CPAG) - Our Children, Our Choice: Priorities for Policy should be essential reading for Treasury, among other documents.
The Unicef Report - Kids Missing Out
The Youth 2000 publications
I have missed many reports and studies but I think you should get the picture. There are similar themes in the reports. There are similar recommendations.
To not take those recommendations, to not support the work that has been done, seems counterproductive.
It seems, to me, that rather than taking action - it is much easier to be seen to be doing 'something' by a 'consultation' process that you can call 'crowd sourcing' just to make it sound better.
And you never know - someone might come up with the answer Treasury wanted, presumably one that doesn't cost much, doesn't require long term commitment, and puts some money in private pockets.