Children at risk in over crowded foster care

10 Oct 2008 10:09 AMJann Stuckey

10 October 2008

Children at risk in over crowded foster care

Children in State Foster care were being put at risk of further harm in over-crowded accommodation and the Beattie-Bligh Government was clueless about how bad the situation was, the State Opposition said today.

LNP Child Safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said over-crowding in government care with the potential to hinder the development of foster children and from the Minister’s answer to a Question on Notice* the government had no idea how serious the situation was.

“While the non-government sector is well regulated as to the number of children placed with individual carers, State government foster carers are being over burdened,” Ms Stuckey said.

“The fact that this government has no idea how many children are placed with each carer is a frightening thought and shows nothing has changed in the Department since the Crime and Misconduct Commission inquiry which called for much greater accountability and …..

“The much-touted and enormously costly new computer system has failed to deliver all the promised improvements and children are continuing to be put at risk,” Ms Stuckey said.

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919