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Child safety crisis: Abused kids miss out on health assessments

9th August 2017

  • 568 children in the child safety system did not have a health passport
  • Queensland’s child safety system continues to buckle under Labor’s watch
  • Foster carers are often left guessing about their child’s medical history because of the lack of health passports

A record number of abused children in foster care are missing out on key health supports due to a lack of planning by the Palaszczuk Labor Government.

LNP Shadow Minister for Child Safety Ros Bates said as a nurse, the latest child safety data raised further concerns about the health and wellbeing of abused kids in care.

“A record 568 children did not have a health passport in the last 12 months, highlighting how child safety officers are struggling,” Ms Bates said.

“Child health passports are a comprehensive record of the child’s medical history which will aid diagnosis, ensure the child receives appropriate health care and treatment throughout their time in out-of-home care and improve their health and wellbeing.*

“Foster carers are often left guessing about their child’s medical history because of the lack of important health assessments.

“Five hundred and sixty-eight abused children without a health passport is 568 times Labor’s failed Minister has allowed the law to be broken.”

Ms Bates said despite the Labor Government throwing money at the child safety system, nothing was improving.

“We can’t afford to let abused children languish in care with undiagnosed health needs because staff can’t get to them,” Ms Bates said.

“Only the LNP will build a better Queensland and deliver better child protection services.”

* https://www.communities.qld.gov.au/childsafety/about-us/our-performance/high-quality-services-improved-wellbeing/child-health-passports