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On behalf of PeakCare Queensland and our membership, I heartily congratulate Professor Karen Healy on her election to the role of National President of the Australian Association of Social Workers (AASW).

 PeakCare recognises that Social Work as a profession has traditionally played a key role in shaping child protection theory and practice.  It has been of concern to PeakCare therefore that over recent years there appears to have been a marked decline in the proportion of Queensland’s child protection workforce who are qualified Social Workers – in practitioner as well as policy and program development roles.

Without diminishing the contribution to be made by other professional and para-professional groups to multi-modal practice, there are nevertheless questions to be asked and answered about:

  • the reasons for the apparent retreat of Social Workers from the child protection field, and
  • given the rich and valued heritage of the Social Work profession in relation to child protection theory and practice, the implications of this to our current and future delivery of services to children, young people and families.  

PeakCare Queensland is aware of Professor Healy’s active commitment to research and education that furthers the contributions made by the Social Work profession to child protection practice.  It is understood that this places Professor Healy in good stead to ensure that, amongst the range of matters to be addressed by the AASW, proper consideration will be given to those that are of relevance and topical interest to Social Workers engaged in designing, managing and delivering child protection services.

PeakCare Queensland welcomes the opportunities that will arise to work with Professor Healy and the AASW on identifying and addressing matters of mutual interest and concern to our respective organisations as well as those that are of special interest to our member agencies.  In particular, this includes joining with the AASW in asking and answering the aforementioned questions concerning the apparent retreat of Social Worker from the child protection field and ensuring that an appropriate response is made in “turning this tide”.  Most importantly, PeakCare welcomes the opportunity for engaging in collaborative endeavours with the AASW that will improve the quality of child protection services and the outcomes being achieved for vulnerable children, young people and families.

We wish Professor Healy well as she takes up her new and challenging role and also extend our congratulations to all others who were similarly successful in being elected to positions within the AASW

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

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