Child pro­tec­tion con­tin­ues

Pilbara News - - News - Tom Zaun­mayr

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.

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