New figures revealing that just 30% of 12,000 at-risk kids across the Hunter have seen caseworkers shows the terrible human consequences of the region not getting a fair investment in services, Labor’s Upper Hunter candidate Jeff Drayton said today.
“This breaks my heart,” said Mr Drayton.
Our region delivers rivers of gold in mining royalties for the state’s coffers, yet over two-thirds of kids at serious risk of harm don’t even get seen by a caseworker.
“None of our kids should be slipping through the cracks. Yet in just one year, over 8,000 local kids were left in potentially dangerous situations with no support.
“I will fight for the investment in child protection services this region clearly desperately needs.”
Government figures show that in the 12 months to September 2020, 11,778 kids in the Hunter were reported as being at serious risk of harm – an increase of 40% since 2014. Of the 11,778 reports, just 3,525 at risk kids were seen by a caseworker.