Tasmanian News

Child safety erupts again

Faith in Tasmania's child protection system's again being tested after three workers in the sector have gone to the media condemning it as in disarray.

Remaining anonymous, they've claimed it's got worse in the past 12 months and rather than the focus being on helping children it's on avoiding unfavourable media coverage.

Labor's Josh Willie's suggesting Minister Petrusma has to stand down when its clear workers are at their wits end.

"They're under a lot of pressure and at breaking point where they're prepared risk their own employment to speak out in the best interests of children and the minister needs to take responsibility for that.

I would like to see her speak to the media today and accept responsibility rather than letting her colleagues run cover for her."

He also vowing to ramp up resources if Labor win the next election.

"Labor will commit to 20 new child safety officers in government, so that those officers have the time to think clearly and act in the best interests of children."

 

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