Daniel Andrews leaves thousands of vulnerable Victorian kids out on their own (31.5.2018)
Written on the 1 June 2018
Thursday 31 May 2018
Public Accounts and Estimates Committee hearing has heard that thousands of child protection kids with a substantiated case have not been allocated a caseworker, as Daniel Andrews crisis in child protection continues.
In a desperate attempt to hide the data, the Secretary of DHHS and the Minister Jenny Mikakos were asked on multiple occasions to detail the exact number of children that did not have a caseworker, but those numbers were refused.
Freedom of Information data released last year detailed 2,954 child protection kids did not have a case worker, despite having their abuse case substantiated. This included 429 children in Gippsland and 279 in Southern Melbourne.
With Victoria's child protection crisis getting worse, the committee was made aware that for the first time in Victoria's history more than 3,000 vulnerable children could be left abandoned and have to fend for themselves with some still in abusive situations.
The hearings also heard that 40% of youth justice offenders were previously in the child protection system with that figure expected to grow.
Comments attributable to Shadow Minister for Families and Children, Georgie Crozier:
"Jenny Mikakos is hiding the data because under her watch thousands of vulnerable children don't have a case worker.
"No wonder the child protection system is in crisis when the Minister can't even provide the actual number of children without a case worker.
"From youth justice riots, to forced child marriages and failures in child protection, how many more chances will Daniel Andrews give to this Minister who is clearly out of her depth."