Ice use a threat to safety of Qld children

Darren Cartwright

Almost one-in-three children in need of protection had a parent with a history of methamphetamine use, according to the latest Queensland government data.

Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said over the past year the number of children in need of protection where meth use was recorded fell to 738 from 782, but the problem continues to be far too common.

"In almost 70 per cent of these cases (518 children) the drug being used was ice," Ms Farmer said in a statement.

For the year ending March 2018, there were a total of 2,459 children assessed in need of protection and subsequently admitted to ongoing intervention.

Ms Farmer said she was also encouraged about the increase in the number of carers willing to help children in need of protection.

There are more than 5000 foster and kinship carers in the system who provide love and support for vulnerable children, she said.

"I urge everyone to consider the benefits and rewards of foster or kinship care," she said.

"A 7.5 per cent increase in kinship carers over the past year shows people are willing to step up and help vulnerable families."

The latest March 2018 quarterly figures showed a continued steady improvement across a wide range of areas including the most critical cases being dealt with in a 24-hour period.

The data showed 92.9 per cent of investigations that needed to be started within 24 hours were commenced in that time frame, which was a 2.7 per cent improvement year-on-year and the best result since reporting commenced in September 2009, she said.

Queensland is the only Australian state where Child Safety staff must sight the child before an official investigation can be logged.