Human Services Minister Roger Jaensch says an independent report into an intensive family support program - the executive summary of which he tabled during budget estimates on Thursday - backs the service, though does "suggest some improvements".
The Intensive Family Engagement Service came under scrutiny for the second day, with questions raised around its effectiveness and the cases of two children who died and were injured in out of home care.
A pilot program still underway provides families a maximum of 20 hours support a week for up to six months, with the aim to reduce the need for child removals.
During Thursday's hearing, Elwick Labor MLC Josh Willie asked Mr Jaensch if, in one of those cases, in particular, the family had received the obligated level of support.
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"I'm not going to be providing any detailed response on any individual cases," Mr Jaensch said. He confirmed 62 families had been supported by the program to date.
An evaluation of the program was conducted by the University of Tasmania, which Mr Jaensch confirmed had looked into whether the system was meeting obligations for the number of support hours provided to families.
"I am happy to release the report, but without any content that may identify live cases or individuals," Mr Jaensch told the hearing. He said this could be as soon as "a couple of days" but would seek the department's advice.
The executive summary, later tabled, cited "generally strong and widespread support" for the program, but found some issues. These included some confusion about its implementation, a need for greater risk oversight, support for leadership roles and the referral of some families considered too high-risk.
Mr Willie later said in a statement the report had been "gathering dust" since February and highlighted "dangerous flaws" in the program designed to protect vulnerable children.
"He has refused to answer questions about this service while many of these children and families are in desperate, crisis situations," Mr Willie said. "That is just not good enough."
In a statement of his own, Mr Jaensch said the improvements recommended by the report may be incorporated as part of a future review.
"The IFES model is intended to be adaptable to the circumstances of specific families, ensuring families received support tailored to their individual needs," he said.
"As was stressed to the opposition during estimates hearings this week, the Government cannot provide comment on individual cases due to their nature, and especially those which may be under coronial investigation."
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