Child Safety overhaul to flag DV files
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.