A review of the ACT’s youth care and protection services has revealed widespread failings in the system designed to protect the territory’s most vulnerable children, from inadequate risk assessments prior to removing children from families through to virtually non-existent early intervention and prevention for those at risk of harm.

Ms Phillip’s report found poor record keeping, little evidence of case supervision or transparent decision-making and a large percentage of staff who had been brought in from overseas who had little understanding of the ACT community who were likely to leave their jobs unless the culture of Care and Protection Services improved.

Read more: Canberra Times May 31 2012

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