(QldGovSpin) Queensland children a priority for 46 new child safety services

Submitted by Editor on Fri, 23/07/2004 - 16:28

Queensland children and families in rural and regional Queensland will receive targeted localised child protection services following the creation of 46 new child safety service centres and nine outreach offices across the state.

Kens Comment: Betties political gang are suffering from the Narcistic Syndrome with a variation of Maunchausens syndrome thrown in.

This is not what a government is voted in for, so an ex-schoolteacher who has destroyed oppotunities for male teachers can "create" more jobs for unemployables while he destroys families.

"The childs best interest" is not even a principal of law, just a phrase abused by child stealers. Beattie, face me at any TV current affairs program and I'll set you straight on the few, forgotten legal principals your gang have had to ignore to "create departments".

Like it or not the child still belongs to the FATHER due to a law 6000 years old (Parens Partae) and is still in force.

Get out of the family and the house NOW, idiots, instead of assisting to destroy the whole civilisation.

"Smart State", You have to be joking, go see a junk science shrink. Bloody international arse licker!

Child Safety, Mike Reynolds


Minister for Child Safety Mike Reynolds today announced the 46 service centres would be the cornerstones of his department's landmark new decentralised organisational structure.

Mr Reynolds said the new structure provided broader service coverage than ever before and would make child protection service delivery more immediate, accessible and aligned with local communities.

"Reaching children and families that are most in need is the priority for the Department of Child Safety, and the new organisational arrangements for the agency reflect this focus," Mr Reynolds said.

"I am proud to announce a new decentralised service delivery organisation where children come first, as reflected in our new ethos, work practice, service delivery and regulatory standards," he said.

"Importantly, all centralised functions aim to support regional service delivery outlets, rather than the other way around."

Following its inquiry earlier this year, the Crime and Misconduct Commission recommended a new child protection agency with a sharpened focus on the safety of children at risk of abuse or neglect.

Mr Reynolds said the changes taking place were not only structural, but also involved a fundamental shift in the culture, ethos and work practices of all staff.

He said the announcement of the organisation's new structure came on the heels of the conclusion of 248 transition, leadership and change facilitator workshops designed to bring about these key organisational changes.

"The final staff transition workshops, which have prepared staff for working in the new Department of Child Safety, were completed in Brisbane yesterday," Mr Reynolds said.

"More than 2,300 staff from the former Department of Families have completed the transition workshops over the last eight weeks and are now ready to tackle the big job ahead of them."

Mr Reynolds said in addition to its structural and cultural reforms, the Department was also committed to working in collaboration with its service delivery partners in other government agencies, non-government organisations and with communities throughout Queensland.

He said this meant removing unnecessary layers between the Department's direct service delivery offices and its partners, incorporating local planning processes, and sharpening its focus on relationship building.

Under the new structure, Queensland will be divided into seven zones - the Northern Zone, Far Northern Zone, Central Zone, Brisbane North and Sunshine Coast Zone, Logan and Brisbane West Zone and Ipswich and Western Zone.

"This new structure will focus on more frontline service delivery outlets providing high quality, consistent services, supported by a smaller number of zonal offices and working in closer partnership with non-government service providers," Mr Reynolds said.

"We have purposefully reduced the 11 regions of the former Department of Families to seven zones to reduce overheads. Key functional areas will exist at the closest service delivery point to the client.

"Service centres have been designed so that enough staff and resources are available to meet the child protection needs of each particular community.

"This means they will be able to undertake essential child protection work, as well as provide support services to the child, its family and alternative care providers including foster carers."

Additional centres will be established in Townsville, Cairns, Rockhampton, Sunshine Coast, Browns Plains, Ipswich, Toowoomba and on Brisbane's north side.

The Gold Coast and Logan will each receive two extra service centres to deliver child safety services to the growing populations in their region.

Mr Reynolds said the launch of the new organisational structure heralded the beginning of a new era for child protection in Queensland.

"Increased staff numbers and resources, combined with a new organisational structure focused solely on child safety will enable the state to provide better protection for Queensland children," he said.

The Department is expected to be fully operational by December this year.

For media information, phone Karla Steen on 0407 582 041 or
John Ross on 3224 7081



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