More than one-third of Child Safety staff quit

8 Nov 2008 4:07 PMJann Stuckey

More than one-third of all Queensland’s child protection staff resigned last year highlighting the scale of the crisis in the Department of Child Safety, the State Opposition said today.

LNP child safety spokeswoman Jann Stuckey said the government’s own figures, revealed 35 per cent or 852 staff resigned in 2007/08* – out of a total workforce of 2408.

“Staff turnover in Child Safety is at least five times the average for the State public service which shows just how dire the situation is,”
Mrs Stuckey said.

“Morale is at rock bottom and if you look at the level of resignations since Minister Keech took over they have virtually doubled …that surely says it all.

“If she’s there much longer there’ll be no one but the cleaners to look after the children.”

Mrs Stuckey said the sad reality was the Minister was only interested in issuing “cute media releases” which did absolutely nothing to provide real support for frontline child protection staff who were struggling under high case loads and poor training.

“Many new staff are burdened with heavy caseloads before they have completed formal induction training.

“The Minister and the Bligh government have failed to accept that our frontline child protection workers need the best training and support.

“The LNP is committed to overhauling training of new child safety officers and ensuring that frontline staff are well supported.”

Media contact: Jann Stuckey 0439 755 919

8 November 2008