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Gallagher stands by welfare workers

By 1 July 2008 7

It’s heartening to see that Katy Gallagher is standing by her staff in the recent child abuse case in Ainslie as reported in the Canberra Times.
Four days before Police raided the property and found the children in squalor, Care and Protection workers visited the house and found the children “presented as healthy”.

The ACT Minister for Children and Young People, Katy Gallagher, said the welfare workers involved were experts.

“In their submissions to me they certainly said that on that day they did not have the grounds to remove children from the care of their mother at the time,” Ms Gallagher told ABC Radio.

“These are the experts. These are the people who go and visit the houses and the children every single day.”

Ms Gallagher said it was her job to question them but ultimately “I have to accept the professional judgment of those people involved”.

Then she offers this small excuse.

“If you had your full complement of staff you could do a lot more.”

© AAP

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7 Responses to Gallagher stands by welfare workers
#1
Clown Killer8:54 am, 01 Jul 08

I guess the children being assessed as healthy could be seen as being different to the place they live in being assessed as a rat infested sh!t-hole. I’ve said before that not everyone lives in a house that could be from a Domayne catalogue, but from the AFP description of the place in Ainslie, it couldn’t have gone pear-shaped in less than a week so somthing dosn’t add up.

And whilst there’s a bunch of us here on RA (and elsewhere in the media) with views and answers it seems that when push comes to shove no one wants to do the hard graft. The CT was running a story yesterday on how it’s effectively impossible to recruit skilled people to the childrens welfare roles and that the ACT Government will be recruiting in the UK again for another 30-odd people to come and do the job no Aussies could be fagged to take on. I think that says somthing too…

#2
Thumper9:01 am, 01 Jul 08

Maybe social workers are just not paid enough to attract people into the field?

#3
Affirmative Action M10:12 am, 01 Jul 08

Katy is gullible – she seems to swallow whatever her bureaucrats tell her.

The real problem of course is that there is nowhere to put the kids from these families.

Foster carers are paid a pittance & they have closed down all the orphanages.

#4
peterh12:04 pm, 01 Jul 08

Clown Killer said :

I guess the children being assessed as healthy could be seen as being different to the place they live in being assessed as a rat infested sh!t-hole. I’ve said before that not everyone lives in a house that could be from a Domayne catalogue, but from the AFP description of the place in Ainslie, it couldn’t have gone pear-shaped in less than a week so somthing dosn’t add up.

And whilst there’s a bunch of us here on RA (and elsewhere in the media) with views and answers it seems that when push comes to shove no one wants to do the hard graft. The CT was running a story yesterday on how it’s effectively impossible to recruit skilled people to the childrens welfare roles and that the ACT Government will be recruiting in the UK again for another 30-odd people to come and do the job no Aussies could be fagged to take on. I think that says somthing too…

do we know what is involved in regards to training (uni, CIT etc), perhaps this is the reason that there are fewer qualified staff available, additionally, it must be soul destroying to see kiddies in terrible conditions, not to mention the abuse that they would be exposed to by the angry parents.

#5
Mike Crowther2:20 pm, 01 Jul 08

I’m reminded of General Haig ‘standing with’ his troops at the Somme. Katey is being disingenuous on this one. She has thrown the spotlight onto a couple of overworked child protection workers then says she ‘supports them’. Should it still go pear shaped media-wise, they will be the ones on the chopping block.

What’s lacking in ACT child protection is a whole of government approach. Where was housing to let the place get to the stage it was unfit for human habitation? Where was the education department to either flag that the kids weren’t attending school, or were attending dirty and without food? And even if those other agencies did report, how was child protection to respond when they are twenty two case officers short in order to do the basic minimum?

You can bet your arse the minister’s media unit is fully staffed.

#6
vg2:30 pm, 01 Jul 08

“do we know what is involved in regards to training (uni, CIT etc), perhaps this is the reason that there are fewer qualified staff available”

You don’t need a masters degree to know what abject squalor is.

Backs them up and then throws in the resources issue at the bottom. Who’s issue is that to fix Katy? Get your head out of your blurter

#7
peterh4:39 pm, 01 Jul 08

vg said :

“do we know what is involved in regards to training (uni, CIT etc), perhaps this is the reason that there are fewer qualified staff available”

You don’t need a masters degree to know what abject squalor is.

Backs them up and then throws in the resources issue at the bottom. Who’s issue is that to fix Katy? Get your head out of your blurter

agreed, but who sets the standards for the staff? is it the ACT govt, or a national standard? if the staff just need basic first aid quals to be able to recognise squalor, or eyes in their heads, why does it seem to be so hard?

maybe the CSA should be looking after the kids of australia with representation in each state, independently from the state govts – regulatory body, if you will…

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