Vulnerable children left waiting as Labor’s child protection crisis worsens

Victoria’s child protection crisis under Labor has worsened, with new statistics revealing an alarming
increase in the number of vulnerable children left without support.

The Department of Families, Fairness and Housing’s annual report revealed a steep rise in unallocated child
protection cases.

The figures provided by the Department reveal that as of June 2023, 16.1 per cent of child protection
clients were classified as “unallocated” without an active case worker. This percentage of unallocated cases
is the highest since the 2017-18 financial year.

Further information revealed by the Department following questions to State Parliament’s Public Accounts
and Estimates Committee (PAEC) in May 2023 also shows:

• Between January and March 2023, a total of 2,837 vulnerable children were without a case worker
and awaiting allocation.

• Between January and March 2023, 322 incidents of abuse were reported in residential care settings,
including 76 allegations of sexual abuse.

• As of May 2023, there were 463.4 FTE child protection practitioners’ vacancies.

Shadow Minister for Child Protection, Roma Britnell, said: “It is heartbreaking, particularly as a mother, to
see our most vulnerable children who should have loving arms wrapped around them, being left in a state
of neglect under the Labor Government.

“After nearly a decade in government, Labor must finally take responsibility for the crisis in child protection.
Children are dying in out-of-home care, while many are sexually abused or even turn to crime. We wouldn’t
let this happen to our own children, so as a community we must not let this continue.

“While Labor continues to prioritise spending money on their pet projects over the welfare of vulnerable
children, these poor children suffer and are left unprotected in state care.”

Unallocated Child Protection cases:
2022-23 2021-22 2020-21 2019-20 2018-19 2017-18
16.1% 14.0% 12.7% 4.1% 11.3% 19.7%

Source: Department of Families, Fairness and Housing Annual Report 2022-23

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