Money a poser to children service

Figures obtained under Freedom of Information revealed that 40 per cent of family violence incidents involved children, she said yesterday.
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But the FoI papers of minutes from a Child and Family Services Southern regional coordination committee meeting showed that, even when extra State Government funding flowed to the service, nobody knew how it was spent, she said.

“In minutes from the meeting, it was noted that $303,000 was allocated to the Child Protection and Referral Service for increased workload, but it was queried where this money had gone,” she said.

The document also showed that the department had identified that the service needed 38 extra case workers, but had been unable to fill the positions.

Since the Government’s Safe At Home legislation was introduced, there had been a dramatic increase in the number of police- initiated family violence orders and the police response incidents had jumped by 60 per cent, Mrs Napier said.

There had also been a large increase in the number of restraint order applications and demand generally for services to do with family violence had ballooned.

“One of the areas to bear the brunt of this increase is Children and Family Services, but the resources to cope with this are simply not there,” Mrs Napier said.

Health Minister David Llewellyn said that at the end of last month there were 289 notifications of possible child abuse or neglect Statewide that had not been allocated for investigation within the bench mark time- frames.

“But all priority one cases – those where there is an immediate risk to the child – were allocated for investigation within half a day,” he said.

Mr Llewellyn said that since February 2003, the Government had funded 45 new positions to address the problem.

But he did not say how many of the 45 positions had been filled.

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