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Katherine Times Wed 13 Dec 2017



Katherine Times Wed 13 Dec 2017


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NEWS Wednesday December 13, 2017 KATHERINETIMES 3katherinetimes.com.au At risk children lacking support THENTGovernment cannot hire enough Katherine staff tasked to protect vulnerable children. Figures obtained by Katherine Times reveals how the regions at risk children are much worse off, in terms of social workers, than any other jurisdiction in the NT. Katherine remains at one social worker per 71 children, a failing the recent Royal Commission report instructed Territory Families to remedy. In mathematical terms the next worst, on data supplied by Territory Families, is Palmerstonwith one social worker to every 38 children in care. The Royal Commission said last month there were not enough staff in Katherine to look after children in government care. The Katherines social worker shortage is amplified when compared to other NT jurisdictions. According to Territory Families, in Palmerston there is one worker to 38 children. In Alice Springs there is one for 33 children. Darwin is the best off, with one social worker for every 15 children in need of protection. A previous inquiry into children in state care said the ratio should be one worker to every 15 child protec tion cases. Darwin is the only hub reaching the recommended ratio. In June this year therewere 1313 open child protection reported cases in Katherine, with just 14 casemanagers to look after them, according to Territory Families. That is an average of 93.7 children per worker. A Territory Families spokeswoman said they attempted to fix the problem by hiring an extra four case managers in September. They also sent in a strike team from Darwin to try and deal with overwhelming numbers. That reduced the ratio to 71 children per worker. Still four times the recommended ratio. TheNT average is 39.3 cases per worker, Commission documents reveal. The department is clearly trying to recruit more staff, They are offering more than $108,000 a year for a child protection practitioner in Katherine. TheVictorianGovernment offers $30,000 less for the same role. Territory Families continues to implement strategic and targeted recruitment campaigns to attract quality professional staff to fill vacancies within the agency, particularly in regional locations, a Territory Families spokeswoman said. BY LYDIA LYNCH WILLIAM Snow knew his mum Rose was pregnant even before she did. He said to me one day, mummy you are going to have another baby. I went down to Woolies and got a pregnancy test and he was right. He did the exact same thing when I was pregnant with Julie-Anne, Mrs Snow said. William, the child psychic, amazingly knew the date his mother would give birth to his baby sister. I was joking with him on Christmas Eve that he wouldnt be getting any presents the next day and he told me it was okay because he would be getting a baby sister. We were shocked the next day when she was born because she was not due then, Mrs Snow said. Rose and Richard Snow welcomed Julie-Anne on Christmas Day 2015. She was the best Christ mas present,Mrs Snow said. Christmas is a huge event in this house with birthday cake and Christmas pudding in one day. We try and make it special for her. When she wakes up until lunchtime is her birthday then from lunch onward is Christmas. Stork and Santa visited on same day FAMILY SNAP: Christmas is a huge event in the Snow house with birthday cake and Christmas pudding in one day. Julie-Anne Snow was born on Christmas Day 2015. GREAT VALUE. EVEN BETTER FEELING. GREAT VALUE. EVEN BETTER FEELING. ToyotaValue. COROLLA ASCENT SPORT CVT $23,990 driveaway[A] From FREE 4 YEARS ROADSIDE ASSIST[E1] + [A] Recommended driveaway pricing is applicable for Private, Bronze and Silver eet customers, and primary producers only at participating dealers. Oer available on vehicles produced January 2017 to October 2017 and purchased by 31/12/2017 unless oer extended. Recommended driveaway price shown includes 12months registration, 12months compulsory third party insurance (CTP), a maximum dealer delivery charge and stamp duty. [E1]Terms and conditions apply. Roadside assist expires 4 years from the vehicle purchase date. Valid on newCamry Petrol, Corolla and Yarismodels between 01/10/2017 and 31/12/2017. Toyota Extra Care is administered by Toyota Finance, a division of Toyota Finance Australia Limited ABN 48 002 435 181,AFSL and Australian Credit Licence 392536. T2017-008143 SEE YOUR LOCAL TOYOTA DEALER. toyota.com.au