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CHILD PROTECTION WORKERS TELL MINISTER – ‘CHILDREN ARE AT RISK’
Child Protection and Family Violence workers have written to Minister Petrusma telling her that her failure to properly resource them is putting children and clients at risk.
118 workers signed the letter to the Minister which represents over 75% of her operational workforce. It includes members of the CPSU, HACSU and non-union members.
“It’s time the Minister stopped blaming everyone else and accepted that her failure to resource Child protection and Family Violence is putting children at risk and that she is the only person with the power to fix the situation,” CPSU General Secretary Tom Lynch said.
In the letter the workers told the Minister:
‘Every day we are forced to make impossible decisions that no professional should have to make. We have to decide which ‘at risk’ child or adult victims of family violence to prioritise when they all should be given the help they need’.
“There is no further room for Minister Petrusma to dodge the truth or ignore the facts as these workers have well and truly belled the cat,” Mr Lynch said.
Signatories to the letter indicate they are no longer willing to accept the Minister’s decision to under resource these critical functions and warn the Minister that is she fails to act by 21 December they will act. They said:
‘The current situation is putting Tasmanian children at risk and as professionals we increasingly feel the need to act’.
The CPSU has begun a community awareness campaign on the crisis in child protection and family violence with electronic billboards and will begin letterboxing into the Minister’s electorate of Franklin before Christmas.