For years workers in the Child Protection system have been trying to engage with the Department about their workload.
Our message has been simple; the system is stretched, workloads are unsustainable and we cannot provide adequate care to children in need.
Despite a Workload Management Order being enforced in 2007 which provided clear rules about caseload numbers and management of case complexity, these rules have constantly been bent.
Our Child Protection members provide essential support to the most vulnerable members of our community – WA children and they have had enough.
Members are joining together to campaign for a better Child Protection System and we need you to join us!
It is time that as a group we can tell the Government and the Department of Communities what action needs to be taken to fix this broken system and remind them that Every Child Counts.
Over the coming weeks, we will be holding a series of workplace meetings and kicking off a number of workplace actions so that we can win this campaign.
Talk to other union members and your Delegate about how you can get involved.
What we need.
1 child = 1 case – every child counts / every carer counts.
This enables carers to provide comprehensive care to children and ensure that the best quality care is provided as quickly as possible.
No NLO List – every child has an allocated caseworker.
Stop hiding the cases, these cases still create work and may need immediate responses that then become reactive and not in the best interests of children or families.
Demand Funding model – to all open cases.
This ensures the adequate resourcing of staff in order to adapt to the changing requirements of a child’s care. Proper resourcing will provide safety for children in care and safer workplaces for carers.
Fix the Care Crisis – create a dedicated foster care team.
Increase the number of foster carers and provide more support for these people.
Create a dedicated Family Domestic Violence Team
Increase funding so staff are able to respond rapidly to families in need and provide them with essential support and link to services.