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CPSU fighting for a better Child Protection in Australia

WORK is underway to ensure Tasmanian Child Protection Workers have a reasonable case load that will mean better outcomes for the state’s children.

A CPSU working group was formed late last year to examine all Australian caseload management tools (CLM tool) in order to come up with a best practice tool because there is currently no CLM tool in Tasmania. This is stressful for Child Protection Workers, putting them at risk of work overload.

Tasmanian CPSU Members want such a tool so they could handle a reasonable number of cases which will be of enormous benefit for children at risk of becoming lost in unmanageable case loads.

The working group, which includes union organisers and delegates from each state and territory, is holding a workshop in Sydney on March 15 and 16 and it’s hoped Tasmanian Child Protection Delegates will attend to share their knowledge and experience and meet colleagues from around the country. Delegates attending the workshop are still to be confirmed.

This comes after the CPSU Federal Executive passed the following resolutions:

• Pursue the issue of best practice caseload/workload management at the different state levels

• Develop a national caseload/workload management model and campaign for adoption by COAG Committee

• Pursue active union participation in the advisory committees of CDSMAC and the National Framework

• Establish a policy matrix covering interdependencies among different government Child Protection programs

Currently COAG has established a National Child Protection Framework, to move towards a more structured national approach to Child Protection. State and Territory Agencies and NGOs have had much involvement in the Framework but until now, unions have had none.

A CPSU National Child Protection Campaign will look to ensure quality child protection services and safe work environments. Its goal is to ensure child protection is adequately resourced, with the Federal Government partially responsible for funding services, along with the state government.

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