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Child Protection update

Caseload Management Tool


DISCUSSIONS aimed at developing a caseload management tool for Child Protection workers continue and a working group will meet at Campbelltown on December 13 to add detail to the framework.

DHHS is inviting representatives from each region and unions will also nominate regional reps. Tom Lynch from the CPSU will work with Mike Willy and the facilitator to plan the day.

Initial focus is on a tool for case management and, if successful, a similar approach can be used to develop tools for other parts of the service.


Farewell to Mark Byrne

AS YOU know Mark Byrne has left the role of Director of Operations to work in the Victorian Child Protection system.

Mark’s experience will be sorely missed and the CPSU wishes him all the best. We’ve already given our Victorian colleagues a heads-up on Mark so they know what to expect.

We understand Liz O’Malley will be acting Director during the recruitment process to fill the position on a permanent basis.


Review  of the Youth Justice and Children, Young Persons and their Families Acts 

THE government has just progressed amendments to the Youth Justice Act through parliament.

This review has been a long time coming but some of the changes we hoped to see in the Bill have been shelved due to a lack of resources.

Read more about the Youth Justice changes here.


2013/14 State Budget Submission

THE Treasurer recently called for submissions from the community on the 2013/14 State Budget. The CPSU has again made a submission and has highlighted the need for additional funding across all parts of Child Protection, particularly in Out of Home Care. We’ve also made a submission seeking extra funding for the Family Violence Counselling and Support Service.

2012 has been another difficult year for those who work to protect the interests of Tasmania’s most vulnerable. The number of children referred to CPS remains high and workloads are consistently challenging. In May we succeeded in having a significant number of vacant position filled and in getting some business rules developed around how future vacancies and absences will be managed. We’ll remain vigilante on this issue as budget pressures will continue over the next 12 months.

Thanks to those who were part of the action that led to this win, particularly our Delegates. We showed that by working together we can achieve good outcomes that mean better results for vulnerable children.

The CPSU looks forward to continuing this important work in conjunction with our friends at HACSU over the next year.


Trophy presentation to values Case Management worker

A CEREMONY last week saw Devonport Case Management worker Anna Wild receive a trophy in the 2012 CPSU Awards.

The award was the Suzanne Pearce Memorial Award for Outstanding Work in Children and Youth Services.

Lead Organiser Angela Ames attended the presentation at an afternoon tea in Devonport.

Anna’s nominees described her as diligent, focused and hardworking, and despite the difficult nature of working in Child Protection, she never complains.

Anna’s shown the upmost dedication to the children on her caseload, most of who have extremely complex and chronic needs and she’s also employed some innovative problem solving skills.

Congratulations Anna!

Anna shared this award with Christine Officer in Out-of-Home care in Hobart, who received her award early in the year, nominated by her colleagues for her dedication and passion.

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