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National Child Protection Week

BARBECUES were held around the state this week to acknowledge the dedication and professionalism of Tasmania’s child protection workers to celebrate Child Protection Week.

BARBECUES were held around the state this week to acknowledge the dedication and professionalism of Tasmania’s child protection workers to celebrate Child Protection Week.

CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said looking after vulnerable children and young people was one of the most important responsibilities any community had.

“That is why we want to use Child Protection Week 2012 to thank the people who do this important work and remind the whole community that it is vital this service is properly resourced,” Mr Lynch said.

Across Tasmania there are 1124 children who’ve been reported at risk and assessed as needing the intervention of a Child Protection Case Manager.  Unfortunately there are only 59 full time equivalent Case Manager positions in the current staff establishment, making the average caseload 19 children.  Caseloads are even higher when staff are absent due to illness or positions are vacant.

“A case load of 19 children is too high to achieve the best outcomes,” Mr Lynch said.  “When Case Managers have too many cases they are forced to crisis manage. “This means they don’t have the time to be proactive and deal with problems before they escalate and children are at risk of slipping through the cracks.”

Red and blue balloons were used to demonstrate the ratio of children at risk and in need of care to Child Protection Case Worker.

You can see photos of the event on our Flickr page, go to http://www.flickr.com/photos/cpsutasmania/sets/

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