Child protection continues
A new child protection worker will move to Tom Price by the end of the month, allaying concerns the town could be without the service until the middle of the year.
The previous officer left at the end of January and because of the State Government’s employment freeze, concerns were raised the position would not be filled until at least July.
Department of Child Protection and Family Support director-general Emma White said the vacant position had been advertised internally.
“A highly experienced child protection worker has been identified to fill the residential role and will be appointed to the position by the end of the month,” she said.
“Until this appointment has been made, the Tom Price community is still receiving the necessary support to child protection concerns.
“Temporary child protection workers provide assistance to these concerns as required, and also visit the community once a fortnight for about three days at a time.”
Labor Member for Mining and Pastoral Stephen Dawson said child protection officers should be exempt from the State Government’s hiring freeze.
“Not having a child protection worker puts added pressure on police and other agencies,” he said.