In the wake of the Weatherill Government’s announcement of new psychological testing for child protection workers the State Liberals are calling for the release of the Hyde Review and the review into the how a child protection worker red flagged by Mal Hyde returned to work before being charged with subsequent child abuse offences.
“I welcome more stringent testing of child protection employees to ensure greater protection of vulnerable children in government care,” said Shadow Minister for Child Protection Rachel Sanderson.
“Indeed at the time of the Hyde Review in 2014 I called for stricter psychological testing for the entire child protection workforce.
“This new testing regime needs to be accompanied by greater accountability and transparency on child protection matters by the Weatherill Government.
“Minister Close failed to read the Hyde Review in the first instance and didn’t know how many of the recommendations had been implemented.
“To the detriment of children in government care the Weatherill Government has consistently refused to release the Hyde Review since it was completed.
“Further the review commissioned after yet another child protection worker was charged with child sex offences and carried out by a law firm also remains under lock and key in the Minister’s office.
“There is a culture of secrecy in the Weatherill Government that is damaging to the provision of child protection in South Australia.
“By refusing to release critical reviews into the child protection system the Weatherill Government is putting its political interest ahead of better policy development in child protection.
“The Minister must also reveal how many of the employees identified in the Hyde Review remain suspended on full pay and what happened to the three Families SA employees suspended as a result of the Nyland Royal Commission.
“Sweeping uncomfortable facts under the table is no way to deal with the problems they point to.”