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January 21 2015

Families SA Hiring Contract Carers to Cope with Increased Workloads after Suspending 25 Staff Over Child Protection Concerns

Families SA is hiring contract carers and requiring its own staff to work overtime to cope with the increased workloads caused by the suspension of 25 staff. But the public sector union is concerned that contract carers are not subject to the same level of background screening as the government employees who have been stood down. The Government revealed 25 Families SA residential carer workers had been stopped from working alone with children following an audit of their employment records. Concerns were raised about another 77 staff who remain in their roles. All 102 staff are undergoing further assessment.