Child Safety over­haul to flag DV files

The Courier-Mail - - NEWS - JES­SICA MARSZALEK

THE Child Safety Depart­ment will over­haul its ad­min­is­tra­tion sys­tem for do­mes­tic vi­o­lence vic­tims af­ter it ac­ci­den­tally sent in­for­ma­tion to a vi­o­lent man that would have en­abled him to track down his for­mer part­ner.

A new sys­tem will flag case files re­lated to do­mes­tic vi­o­lence so lawyers and case work­ers will im­me­di­ately know that sen­si­tive per­sonal in­for­ma­tion needs to be redacted.

All staff will also un­dergo train­ing re­lated to pri­vacy and in­for­ma­tion se­cu­rity.

The over­haul comes as the eth­i­cal stan­dards in­ves­ti­ga­tion con­tin­ues into the shock­ing mis­take in which a mother and her three chil­dren were put at risk when her ex-part­ner was sent the name of the chil­dren’s school, coun­selling service and sports teams.

The fam­ily was moved to tem­po­rary ac­com­mo­da­tion ahead of a per­ma­nent home be­ing found once the bun­gle was ex­posed in The Couri­erMail, and Pre­mier An­nasta­cia Palaszczuk and Child Safety Min­is­ter Shan­non Fen­ti­man both per­son­ally apol­o­gised.

Ms Fen­ti­man said the alerts would clearly warn lawyers that do­mes­tic vi­o­lence is­sues were present and ad­di­tional at­ten­tion was needed to en­sure the se­cu­rity of pri­vate in­for­ma­tion.

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