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To: Minister for Child Protection, Rachel Sanderson MP

Have a heart for children in state care

Have a heart for children in state care

To fix the growing crisis in Child Protection, Minister Rachel Sanderson must:

1. Immediately increase the number of youth workers in residential care houses.

2. Reverse her government’s cuts to vital early intervention programs.

3. Stop cuts to important programs that support Aboriginal children and families.

Why is this important?

THERE'S A CRISIS IN RESIDENTIAL CARE

Every month hundreds of shifts are being covered by fatigued Youth Workers working excessive overtime. Many more are not covered at all.
The staffing shortage has become so chronic that social workers are now being forced to care for children in offices because there aren't enough Residential Care staff to care for them. This puts vulnerable children and the staff that care for them at serious risk.

Minister Sanderson has known about this for years, yet the problem is getting worse.

The Public Service Association has calculated that we need at least 60 more full-time youth workers to ensure appropriate staffing in Residential Care.

EARLY INTERVENTION PROGRAMS MUST BE RESTORED

In the last two State Budgets Minister Sanderson’s government has made
significant cuts to successful early intervention programs. As a result we’re seeing more children coming into state care. We need these programs restored to ensure vulnerable children and families are supported to function independently.

CUTS TO ABORIGINAL PROGRAMS MUST BE ABANDONED

Many children in care are Aboriginal. Yet, Minister Sanderson’s government is planning to axe critical programs specifically designed to support Aboriginal children and their families.

How it will be delivered

We will print the petition signatures and present them to the Minister.


Reasons for signing

  • I signed not to attack the Minister- it is a very difficult job, however it is a job she is responsible to do for the benefit of the most vulnerable children in the state. Do Better!
  • protection of our children is paramount
  • The children in care need stability care and support

Updates

2021-02-19 19:13:54 +1100

100 signatures reached

2021-02-19 13:38:14 +1100

50 signatures reached

2021-02-19 12:55:11 +1100

25 signatures reached

2021-02-19 12:39:12 +1100

10 signatures reached