Govt denies crisis in care
THE Queensland Government has denied the Gold Coast is missing out on adequate funding to address the state's highest rate of child abuse.
The Department of Child Safety director general Robin Sullivan said vulnerable Gold Coast children and adolescents were benefiting from a range of services including:
o?The creation of two additional Child Safety Service Centres;
o?The formation of two additional Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) sites;
o?Providing an additional 12 alternative care places for children with complex or extreme needs who do not fit into traditional foster care places; and
o?An increasing number of Child Safety officers from 44 to 59.
Ms Sullivan responded to the Child Abused Trust's call to radically increase government funding to help it reduce its waiting lists of up to six months to counsel abused and neglected Gold Coast children and their families.
Ms Sullivan said the Department had also increased the amount of funding to Gold Coast community-based services for child safety by more than 100 per cent.
"The Department of Child Safety values the role of organisations like the Abused Child Trust who help bring issues surrounding the abuse and neglect of children to the forefront," Ms Sullivan said.
"These issues need a whole of community response and we are working closely with the Abused Child Trust and more than 10 other community organisations on the Gold Coast to address these issues."
She said major reforms were being undertaken by the Department since the CMC report of January last year.
"These sweeping child safety reforms encompass all of Queensland and the Gold Coast is certainly not missing out," Ms Sullivan said.
"We now have a stand alone government department to focus specifically on the needs of children and of young people who are in the child protection system.
"We are on track to implementing the 110 recommendations of the CMC report."