Greens to boost Child Safety
There would be 50 more Child Safety Officers, if the Greens were a part of the next government. Greens Leader Cassy O’Connor made the commitment yesterday, costing it at $22m. Ms O’Connor said they’d also employ 10 new administrative staff and a policy officer. A further commitment was developing a TasTAFE diploma in child, youth and family intervention.
We all know our Child Safety Service is underfunded and there aren’t enough Child Safety Officers to protect Tasmanian Children. In December 2017 there where about 494 children who did not have a dedicated Child Safety Officer due to understaffing; and there’s been a 12% reduction in the recurrent funding available to child safety services to provide care and support to vulnerable Tasmania children since 2013. The CPSU welcomes these initiatives from the Tasmanian Greens.
The Greens also commitment to stopping the practice of hiring for-profit third parties. We welcome this commitment as public services are there for all Tasmanians and for-profit corporations are there to make money and look after their shareholders.
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