Minister contradicted on 'overwhelmed' child protection workers
CPSU/CSA Statement in response to WAToday article
All comments attributed to Mel Bray, CPSU/CSA Assistant Secretary;
“It’s been revealed in parliament this week, that 69 child protection workers currently have a caseloads of over 15. We know the constant struggle child protection workers face managing workload from their allocated cases and this number does not surprise CPSU/CSA members.
“What these figures do not include is the work that’s required to support the children that do not have a directly allocated child protection worker. CPSU/CSA members have long held concerns that the data being reported is not an accurate reflection, so therefore does not trigger the necessary funding that is truly needed.
“Only in exceptional circumstances, and with an appropriately experienced child protection worker, can caseloads can go up to 18. But these are not exceptional circumstances, these are constant and enduring workload issues – meaning child protection workers are trying to function at a consistently excessive capacity.
“Supporting families in often trying and dangerous circumstances is an overwhelming job, caseloads must be strictly met, to make sure the best outcomes are obtained for children in care.
“Caseloads are a constant issue raised by the union on behalf of its members and we will continue to advocate strongly with them, as they fight for the resources they need to support families and their children in the state’s care.”