Abused children face social experiment

30 Dec 2009 3:26 PMJann StuckeyChild Safety Portfolio

Plans to broaden the entry qualifications for child safety officers came under fire from the State Opposition and experts alike when the Child Safety Minister revealed her key to improving frontline staff retention.Labelling the Minister as completely out of touch and lacking understanding of the need for properly qualified staff, LNP Shadow Child Safety Minister Jann Stuckey said this latest...

Minister must come clean on Toowoomba child murders

19 Feb 2009 3:15 PMJann StuckeyChild Safety Portfolio

A year-and-a-half after the Bligh Labor Government promised a full and independent review of its Child Safety Department’s handling of the double child murder in Toowoomba, no report has been delivered.LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said the person responsible for the brutal murder of two innocent boys in Toowoomba was sentenced to life imprisonment yesterday, so the Minister now...

Department warned before toddler died

13 Feb 2009 3:19 PMJann StuckeyChild Safety Portfolio

The death of a two year-old boy in foster care in north Queensland raised serious questions about the Bligh Government’s child safety system and placement principles, the State Opposition said today.LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said the toddler was deemed to be at such risk by the Department of Child Safety, he was removed from his family and placed in foster care.“But I am...

Qld worst for repeat child abuse

30 Jan 2009 3:21 PMJann StuckeyChild Safety Portfolio

Queensland had Australia’s highest rate of repeat child abuse cases and the highest rate of children placed under protection orders, the State Opposition revealed today.LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said despite Labor’s 2004 election promise to tackle child abuse, little if anything had improved, and on many key indicators the situation was a whole lot worse, as detailed in the...

Adoption plan flawed

20 Jan 2009 3:23 PMJann StuckeyChild Safety Portfolio

Labor’s plans to increase adoption of abused children was a “quick-fix” solution to mask its systemic failure to properly fund early intervention and family support programs, the State Opposition said today.

LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said the Bligh government and Minister Keech could not explain why less than $30 million of the near-$600 million spent last year...

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