Minister for Education and Child Development Susan Close has failed her first test by refusing to guarantee that two shocking errors made by Families SA during the Chloe Valentine are not being repeated.
During question time in State Parliament yesterday, Shadow Minister for Families and Child Protection Rachel Sanderson asked Minister Close:
Can the Minister guarantee that no other students are working on cases of high risk children, as occurred with Chloe Valentine?; and
Can the Minister detail to the house whether any other parents of at-risk children have been given a safety plan than condones the use of drugs, as occurred with Ashlee Polkinghorne?
The Minister’s totally inadequate response to these questions was “that is a matter I will take on notice”. (Hansard 25 February 2015)
“The revelations regarding a student being assigned to the Chloe Valentine case and Families SA sanctioning Ashlee Polkinhorne’s drug use are months old,” said Ms Sanderson.
“The fact the Minister has not been briefed as to whether these unacceptable practices have been allowed to continue suggest Families SA is as dysfunctional as ever.
“The Minister must seek an urgent briefing to ensure these dangerous practices are not continuing in Families SA.
“The Minister can expect her response to other glaring errors committed by Families SA to also be tested in Parliament.”