Statement from the Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward
In October this year, the Department of Family and Community Services released data which showed a decrease in the number of children at risk-of-significant-harm seen by a FACS caseworker in 2017-18.
I was deeply disappointed by this reduction and asked the FACS Secretary to undertake a review.
I have now received and read the independent review by PWC and have directed the Department to implement all recommendations.
I am pleased that in the six months to September 2018, our caseworkers had seen more than 15,000 children at risk. I have asked that FACS continually monitor these numbers to ensure progress is maintained.