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National Child Protection workshop

A RECENT CPSU workshop in Sydney proved worthwhile for three Child Protection Delegates who were accompanied by CPSU Organising and Campaigning Team Lead Organiser Emma Gill.

Acting Intake South-West team leader Georgie Sloan said the two days were extremely worthwhile. “It was brilliant, I found it really valuable, and for me the best part was making connections with other child protection staff from other states and territories.”

Georgie said it was interesting to sit down with professionals from other jurisdictions and compare how child protection systems worked in different areas and its strengths and weaknesses.

“Hearing about Western Australia was probably the most interesting because they have a caseload management tool built into their Allied Health Agreement. It seemed like a good tool to manage caseloads for child protection workers.”

The workshop looked at themes a caseload management tool would need to address such as workload and the complexity of the case.

On day two attendees talked about the CPSU National Child Protection Campaign and discussed possible themes, aims and goals.

The campaign seeks to ensure quality child protection services and safe work environments, and to ensure child protection is adequately resourced.

Georgie also said she enjoyed getting together with workers from other Tasmanian regions such as Burnie Child Protection Worker Jenny Grainger, who loved the experience:

“It was really good to meet people and share stuff – I would love to do it again. Working in child protection you can get a very isolated view of things, but this workshop allows you to view things across the board. It’s good to see we’re not alone in what we’re going through, and it was about learning from each other. The workshop gave you the ability to look outside your own zone and come up with solutions together.”

Devonport Case Management Team Leader Michelle Sharman also found value in the workshop. “I’ve had a few discussions with staff here since coming back and they really support a policy about workload being developed. Meeting with other workers, it was certainly helpful to know that budget cuts, staffing overload and outsourcing aren’t just happening in Tasmania – they are issues right around Australia. I can’t wait for the national campaign.”

Michelle said it was great to know child protection workers from around the country were working together for a better child protection system. “We are fighting the same fight,” she said.

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