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Child Protection system failure

HUMAN Services Minister Jacquie Petrusma is under scrutiny after news that 151 alerts about vulnerable children in Tasmania’s North-West weren’t followed up over the past year, even though notifications should be assessed within a couple of days. 

CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said workers already struggling with overwhelming workloads were panicked about how the appalling system failure might affect the state’s most at-risk children.

“People who care for children, people who have dedicated their lives to caring for children, are traumatised by what’s gone on in this situation,” Mr Lynch said. “This is what happens when you put pressure on a workforce to the degree that this government has allowed to happen.”

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