At-risk kids in carer crisis

on Thursday, 28 February 2013. Posted in News, Perth Now, Community Services - Child Protection And Family Support - Dept For

Child welfare workers are having to take vulnerable children home with them because of a severe shortage of foster families. The Department for Child Protection confirmed this week that staff had had to care for kids in their own homes because appropriate accommodation couldn't be found with latest Departmental figures revealing that 3,910 children were in state care at the end of January, up from 3,276 three years ago.

Background check backlog lets criminals work with kids

on Monday, 24 September 2012. Posted in News, Perth Now

Children are being exposed to criminals and potential sex predators due to a backlog of Working with Children checks, with some taking up to year. A Government review said there was "some risk to the community" from at least 40 people with criminal records who were able to work with children while waiting for their assessment.

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