PSA Press Release
Attention: State sector reporters December 17, 2003
Child Youth and Family reviews
The reports released today by Child Youth and Family reveal a service which has been grappling with systemic problems
for some time, PSA national secretary Richard Wagstaff said today.
“There are obviously lessons to be learned from the findings of these reviews and urgent attention paid to some of the
systems and processes which the service has in place in its dealings with young children.”
Richard Wagstaff said social workers need adequate systems and processes, and resources, to be able to carry out their
“It is clear that the Baseline Review of Child Youth and Family carried out earlier this year, and the subsequent rescue
package announced by the government, came not a moment too soon for the service.”
“The Baseline Review identified concerns over the quality of management practice within the service. It is critical that
Child Youth and Family use the extra funding provided by the rescue package to address the urgent issues of recruiting
more staff, increasing resources to improve services, and implementing better systems to support managers.
Richard Wagstaff said the service had been struggling to cope for some time, and it should be acknowledged that the
problems it faced could not be turned around overnight.