Labor losing control of child protection system

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Official statistics released today prove that the Palaszczuk Labor Government is losing control of the child safety system.

Quarterly figures from the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women show that just 46.3 per cent of investigations were completed within the 60-day target.

Shadow Minister for Child Safety Stephen Bennett said the figure was even worse than the previous quarter (47.5 per cent) and way below the 63.6 per cent achieved by the last LNP Government.

"There is nothing more important than protecting our kids but the Palaszczuk Government is losing control of the child safety system," Mr Bennett said.

"No wonder that Annastacia Palaszczuk waited until the Friday before Christmas before releasing these terrible numbers.

"This year we have seen heart-breaking cases of child abuse which have raised serious questions about our child protection system.

"Too many kids are falling through the cracks of a child protection system which is clearly under severe strain.

"This incompetent Labor Government just isn't up to the job of protecting our kids."

Alarmingly, the number of notifications received that suggest a child is in need of protection hit a new high of 24,363 in the year ending September 30. The figures for each region were:

South West – 3,539 (639 more than the previous 12 months)
South East – 3,244 (101 more)
Northern Qld – 4,858 (35 more)
Moreton – 5,146 (370 more)
Central Qld – 1,868 (4 more)
Other – 2,879 (210 more)

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