Enquiries and demand for Queensland’s child safety services continue to rise, with drug and alcohol problems, mental health, and domestic violence affecting families throughout the state.
Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said the latest yearly data revealed child safety services were working with more families and children at risk of complex and multiple concerns, often requiring more intensive and longer term support and assistance.
“The Queensland Government will invest $1.3 billion in 2019-2020 to prevent and respond to child abuse and neglect, and continue our reform of the family support and child protection system with a focus on early intervention,” Ms Farmer said.
“Along with additional frontline staff, we are funding more services and initiatives to respond to families sooner, helping them to break the cycle and keep children safe.
“Since January 2015, Family and Child Connect (FaCC) services have now received more than 100,000 enquiries, including 33,600 in the last year alone, with 20 per cent of these enquiries coming from parents themselves.”