Media Statement from LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates Friday, 2 June 2017
The latest child safety data has shown Gladstone child safety is outperforming the majority of the state on number of caseloads, case timeframes and number of children in care.
LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Ros Bates said it was incredibly encouraging to see such positive results in the Gladstone region.
“We are seeing small caseloads and smaller numbers of children in the child safety system in the Gladstone region,” Ms Bates said.
“Gladstone child safety office commenced 60 per cent of investigations in the required timeframes.”
Ms Bates said despite the positive numbers, more could still be done.
“The October 2016 data shows only 20 per cent of child abuse reports in Central Queensland requiring a 10-day response were actioned in time,” Ms Bates said.
“In other parts of Queensland we see a child safety system in crisis, with some of the worst figures since before the Commission of Inquiry into Child Safety.
“Behind every one of these figures is a child in need of protection and assistance.
“While Labor dithers, children suffer and our child safety system spirals further into crisis.”