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PSA Welcomes Extra Funding For CYF

PSA Welcomes Extra Funding For Child Youth And Family

The PSA is glad the government has put its money where its mouth is by boosting funding for Child Youth and Family, says PSA National Secretary Richard Wagstaff.

The PSA has been working with the Department and Government on dealing with the under resourcing problems and it is heartening our concerns have been listened to, said Mr Wagstaff. We are pleased that recruitment and retention of staff has been treated as a priority with money earmarked especially to deal with the problem, he said. Now we will be talking with the Department to work out the best ways this can be used to attract more staff and keep existing staff in the job.

Along with the New Directions plan announced by the Minister this funding hopefully signals a new direction for child welfare services, one where the service and the workers in it are properly valued and resourced to do the job the public expects.

The job now is to sit down with the Department to work out how the new money and direction will be introduced. Our main objective is to ensure that this money gets to where it is most needed - out to the front line, so that social workers and others can offer the best support to children and families in need, said Mr Wagstaff.


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