How can we fix the child protection system?
- Category: Fixing the broken system
- Created: Sunday, 21 February 2010 11:46
- Written by Alecomm
Fixing the system is quite simple. And it doesn't involve another enquiry or another research expedition wasting another few billion dollars. And it certainly doesn't need more statistics. This is where the government seems to keep getting stuck. Publishing a document and paying somebody to research it doesn't fix it. The legislation is quite fine so long as it is being applied equally and with natural justice. And for those who don't abide by it, well they must get their natural justice also.
For each and every complaint listed, there is an offence applicable for that person. Now just as Parking Fines are administered via the SETONS system (self enforcing ticketable offence notice systems - for those of you not in Queensland), ie the car has been parked in the designated area too long therefore the officer writes up a ticket, well there should be fines and automatic sacking for those whom breach their codes of conduct, provide false and misleading information in court affidavits, omit relevant information showing clear bias to a particular party (usually the parents) etc.
A list needs to be made more clear for each state or we request that each department provide their guidelines on misconduct and breaches of ethics, and committing of offences against Crimes Act and other relevant Child Protection Acts that apply for each state. According the NSW Ombudsman they can request these guidelines be provided to them before they perform an audit of relevant authorities, however where is the publishing of any such documents of the outcomes of these audits and the results of officers whom have committed offences? And if there is where is it because the public want to see it!
The parents of children in such circumstances deserve their justice and to know that their offender has been punished according to law, and it should not be up to them to have to seek justice once it has been proven that the child protection officer has committed an offence.
I'm quite sure that once you start weeding out the rotten eggs you will find that there is not as much cry of corruption as there currently is within the child protection system, which is currently recognised to those with knowledge of it as nothing more than "legalised child trafficking".
Maybe when child protection officers are aware that their wrong actions have consequences, they may just endeavour to do the right thing instead of just what they want to do according to the day they are having.