Extra frontline Child Safety workers bolster resources in Maryborough
Published Tuesday, 03 July, 2018 at 11:00 AM
Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence
The Honourable Di Farmer
Maryborough is benefiting from the Queensland Government’s commitment to restore confidence in the child protection system with five extra frontline positions now in place at the Maryborough Child Safety Service centre.
Member for Maryborough Bruce Saunders said Maryborough’s centre had taken on two more Child Safety Officers and an additional Senior Child Safety Officer, Child Safety Support Officer and a Senior Team leader last financial year boosting resources at the centre.
“These extra positions continue to build on the government’s commitment to provide additional child safety staff both in the Maryborough area and across the state,” MR Farmer said.
“We know the additional frontline workers are making a real difference in terms helping to bring down caseloads and improving response times which in turn benefits some of the Queensland’s most vulnerable children and families.”
Minister for Child Safety, Women and Youth Di Farmer said the Queensland Government’s 2018-19 Budget had focused on continuing to improve the child safety system with $1.26 billion funding announced.
“This includes continued investment in more frontline and frontline support staff with a further 56 positions across the state on top of the already 365 positions created since 2016, Ms Farmer said.
Ms Farmer praised the work of the Maryborough Child Safety staff and their commitment to the vulnerable children and families in the area.
“Our Maryborough child safety staff are dedicated and hard-working people and the work they are doing is increasingly complex. Staff are working more intensively with families and that work is taking longer,” Ms Farmer said.
“We are committed to restoring confidence in this system and to ensuring that the Maryborough service centre along with all other service centres across the state have the resources and the staff needed to keep children safe.”
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