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Inquiry into Child Safety

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Karla Macpherson
27 Kookaburra Drive

Total Signatures - 630

Sponsoring Member: Mr Stephen Bennett MP

Posting Date: 16/08/2019

Closing Date: 10/10/2019

Tabled Date: 15/10/2019

Responded By: Hon Di Farmer MP on 14/11/2019

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the widespread serious concerns with the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women. The government has failed to keep children safe through lack of training, inadequate staff qualifications, poor case management, exposure to domestic and family violence and inadequate investigations during assessments and investigations. Employees are completing court affidavits without mandatory training and staff are employed with only basic Diploma of Early Childhood Education. Cases are allocated to ex-employees and non-operational staff, reflecting low case numbers. Children receive inadequate numbers of visits during investigation and assessments and children known to Child Safety are not seen within 48 hours of discharge of hospital, as recommended following the death of Mason Jet Lee. Children remain exposed to domestic and family violence through lack of action on violent fathers in households, and the Regional Intake Service provides no feedback to notifiers. Families must complete onerous administrative reports in overly bureaucratic language not easy for families to understand. All fail to meet the recommendations of the Carmody Report of 2012.

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to take all actions necessary to ensure an enquiry into Child Safety is convened as a matter of urgency.