Child protection crisis protests

May 8, 2024 8:50 am in by

Child protection caseworkers will stop work and protest outside Shoalhaven and Southern Highlands Community Services Centres over unacceptable risk to child safety in NSW.

Child protection caseworkers say there is a crisis in child protection.

Only one in four kids reported to child protection services as at risk of serious harm (ROSH) are being seen by a child protection caseworker.

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 PSA General Secretary Stewart Little said, “Right now if cases are allocated they are the most serious and will likely lead to removals, as there simply isn’t enough staff to intervene early so as to keep children with their families.

“Child protection workers are now concerned that by exposing vulnerable children to a broken system they may suffer even more harm.

“NSW Premier Chris Minns needs to immediately onboard another 500 child protection caseworkers to address the attraction and retention crisis in child protection, otherwise the system will collapse,” he said.