Child safety officers join cops on the front line
CHILD safety officers will turn up with police to probe claims of child sexual abuse, physical abuse and family violence under a new model to hasten protection investigations.
The new strike teams, formed from lessons learned from the tragic child death cases that have rocked the state, will operate under a year-long trial before being rolled out across Queensland.
Ten officers will initially be given specialist training to work alongside police from the Gold Coast, Townsville and Toowoomba regions. It follows repeated findings that authorities must improve their information sharing to save lives.
They will be rostered night and day and be called in by police on cases in which an allegation has been made of harm against a child by an adult in the household.