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Schools left without social workers

TASMANIAN school children are at greater risk, with 15 southern schools without any allocated school social workers time, thanks to vacancy control by the Department of Education.

“Every Tasmanian child deserves to have the oversight of a professional social worker,” CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said. “This ensures their mental and emotional wellbeing which is integrally linked to their participation in learning.”

In February this year the Minister for Education said: “School social workers are vital in supporting schools to provide happy, healthy and safe environments where students are equipped to reach their potential.”

The flip side of this statement is that children in schools that lack social worker resources risk being unhappy, unhealthy and unsafe and may not achieve their full potential.

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