Child Safety is too important for a temporary fix.
You’ve probably seen the media reports that there has been an incident in Central Queensland regarding a child death. If you need any assistance, as a member, please remember that you can always call our industrial officers on 1800 177 244. We are with you.
Any incident like this is distressing news, and unfortunately, media attention is something that Child Safety has had more than enough of recently. Yet, dedicated workers like you continue to show up and change lives, too frequently by ‘donating’ your own time and money in significant amounts.
You shouldn’t have to. We should have a tertiary child protection system that respects and recognises the vital work that you do, by funding you properly.
More recently, we have seen additional resources, which are always welcome, and we hope that the soon-to-be delivered reports into Child Safety will recommend more.
But the fundamental under-resourcing of Child Safety means that there are still significant gaps.
Do we want a temporary fix or a sustainable department?
Currently, the Child Safety budget is based on population growth, not the number of intakes, cases opened, or children in care. Does this funding model deliver the resources you need to protect Queensland’s children?
Resourcing for the department is critical to so many of the issues you deal with everyday – workloads, child-related costs, physical resources and more.
Today, Branch Secretary Alex Scott spoke to the media about the importance of the work that you do, and ensuring that the department is sustainably resourced to enable that to continue.
On March 20th, your union Conference will be meeting to start work on what we will be asking during the next state election campaign. Let’s make sure that Child Safety has a strong voice in that process, sign up and support the campaign for a sustainable Child Safety.
As always, if you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact us by calling 1800 177 244 or emailing firstname.lastname@example.org
Thank you for the work that you do.
P.S. Days like today can be especially distressing for Child Safety staff. Please make sure to think of your own well-being and that of your co-workers’, and make use of services like the Employee Assistance Program.