Figures show more Queensland kids at risk

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New figures show Queensland's child safety system is continuing to go backwards under the Palaszczuk Labor Government, Shadow Child Safety Minister Stephen Bennett said today.

Child safety notifications reached their highest level for five years (23,658) in 2017-18, with responses times to almost half of all cases (11,374) taking between five and 10 days*.

The Department of Child Safety statistics also showed that intakes have hit their highest level (119,192) since the Carmody reforms were introduced almost five years ago.

There are now 9,629 children living away from home, almost 1,000 more than in 2013-14.

The data also shows that the number of children subject to substantiated sexual harm in 2017-18 was 345, a jump of 70 from 2016-17 and the highest level in three years.

"The Palaszczuk Labor Government is failing the most vulnerable children in our society," Mr Bennett said.

"It is absolutely disgraceful that the Palaszczuk Labor Government has claimed that the child safety system has shown improvements when the data says exactly the opposite

"We are seeing more children subject to substantiated harm or risk of harm, more children living away from home and more children subject to sexual harm.

"And in Sexual Violence Awareness Month, we are still yet to see a single dollar of the supposed $12 million promised from the Palaszczuk Labor Government to combat youth sexual violence

"No matter how Minister Farmer may cherrypick the data to sell her story, the fact remains that, instead of the system improving, more kids are being put at risk every year under Labor."

* www.csyw.qld.gov.au/child-family/our-performance/summary-statistics

 
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