Gold Coast child safety system at risk

 

  • 944 cases of suspected child abuse in South-east Queensland in October 2016
  • 82 per cent of all suspected abuse cases were not seen in required timeframes
  • Since Labor came to office the performance of the Department has descended into crisis

 

Gold Coast families are continuing to be let down by the do-nothing Palaszczuk Labor Government, according to the latest child safety figures.

LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates said the data showed a concerning increase in the number of suspected child abuse cases.

“We have seen almost 1,000 reported cases of child abuse in South-east Queensland in the October data,” Ms Bates said.

“What is worse is that 652 of those cases were left outstanding.

“Over the last 12 months, intakes for the South-east region have jumped and this is putting an extra strain on frontline staff.

“While Labor dithers, children suffer and our child safety system spirals further into crisis.”

Ms Bates said there had been a shocking increase in the number of cases being missed or not actioned in required timeframes on the Gold Coast.

“At the Mermaid Beach child safety centre, 20 per cent of urgent 24 hour investigations were missed, which is simply unacceptable,” Ms Bates said.

“In Nerang only 20 per cent of investigations needing a five-day start date were met within the timeframe.”

Ms Bates said the Palaszczuk Labor Government was not only failing to protect Queensland children, but putting child safety staff under stress.

“Labor’s Child Safety Department is in complete disarray and is imploding fast,” she said.

“The crisis and growing backlogs engulfing child safety investigations are nothing short of a scandal.”

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