Child protection workers are strengthening families
New efforts are being made to keep families together with members supporting the introduction of an innovative Child Protection Framework for best practice.
Together Secretary Alex Scott said today, “Our members working across Child Safety Services are highly trained professionals who approach their work very seriously and are not easily replaced.
“This Queensland Child Protection Week we are celebrating the great work of Child Safety staff members who are on the front line of the public service, protecting our state’s most vulnerable children.
“We are welcoming the new Child Protection Framework for best practice at DCCSDS.
“It will positively engage families so more children requiring assistance can stay at home while the department works with them.
“It’s hoped that the Child and Family Reform arising from the Carmody Inquiry will bring important change and additional resources to this critical work.
“Child protection workers are still awaiting the 15 cases per child safety officer target as recommended by numerous state inquiries. Together commends case load capping to the Palaszczuk government.”
The union notes that the Newman government axed $63 million from Communities which impacted the front line child protection staff, including administration, while the Palaszczuk government has added back in more than $9 million but there is more to do.
The public service requires more Child Safety staff, not less. Members regularly report the challenge of ongoing high caseloads and how this impacts upon their capacity to respond effectively to families.