Child Protection is a contentious issue in Australia and indeed around the world. late last year the debate around the effectiveness of the Victorian Child Protection System hit boiling point.
With child deaths being investigated, cases of known Paedophiles having access to children because of DHS procedural inadequacies and reports of child abuse rising many people wayed into the debate.
The Australian Association of Social Workers called for in a media release:
- A Government and Community Sector workforce strategy which includes accreditation of
staff. This will ensure high quality and committed staff work with vulnerable children and
their families in the public and community sector;
- An increased investment in those professionals working with children and their families,
including measures to increase the training and recruitment of high quality staff into child
protection services and industry plans to retain experienced professionals in the sector;
Along with many of my fellow Child Protection colleagues we believe that a well trained and invested in workforce would be a really great start. In Victoria around 200 position will be funded to “fiil the gaps” in the Child Protection system, however as these 200 come into the sector the statistics would say at least that number will leave.
What would it take to retain Child Protection staff for the long term? What does youth work training have to offer this collegiate?