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Australia Disciplinary action against child safety staff who 'significantly failed' toddler Mason Jet Lee was 'manifestly inadequate'

08:32  05 march  2021
08:32  05 march  2021 Source:   abc.net.au

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Twelve protection staff facing disciplinary action for "errors of judgement" leading up to the death of Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee should not be made scapegoats for what is a flawed system, a union has said. Three child safety service centre staff have also been stood down after the 21-month-old's Queensland Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the three people stood down were a child safety officer, a team leader, and the manager of the service centre. The Together Union said it was not convinced the officers would get a decent hearing. Union spokesman Alex Scott said the staff

a little girl holding a baby: Mason was found dead in a home, days after being punched in the stomach by his mother's then-partner in June 2016. (Facebook: Emmy Louise) © Provided by ABC NEWS Mason was found dead in a home, days after being punched in the stomach by his mother's then-partner in June 2016. (Facebook: Emmy Louise)

Disciplinary action taken against frontline Queensland child safety officers over the handling of 21-month-old toddler Mason Jet Lee's case was "manifestly inadequate", a review has found.

The Public Service Commission (PSC) chief executive said, in the most significant cases, some employees should have been sacked, but there was no legal grounds to further discipline those staff because they cannot be punished for the same conduct twice.

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A dozen Queensland child safety department staff could lose their jobs following an internal review into the death of toddler Mason Jet Lee . Three officers have been stood down and another nine are the subject of disciplinary proceedings, the state’s child safety minister, Shannon Fentiman, has said. The state Liberal National party opposition has accused Fentiman of sitting on the review into the death of 21-month-old Mason , whose mother and stepfather are among three people charged with his manslaughter. Fentiman said she only received the systems and practice review into the Department

Child safety advocates and members of Queensland Parliament are "horrified" over the sentence of William Andrew O'Sullivan, who could walk free from jail in less than four years, after pleading guilty to killing Caboolture toddler Mason Jet Lee . The Queensland Supreme Court in Brisbane heard Mason suffered a slow and painful death over Twelve protection staff faced disciplinary action for "errors of judgement" leading up to his death, including three that were stood down, and the North Coast region was split into two. The court heard Mason Jet Lee suffered a slow and painful death. (ABC News).

Mason was found dead at a Caboolture home, north of Brisbane, days after being punched in the stomach by his mother's then-partner in June 2016.

An inquest into his death found the Department of Child Safety failed in its duty to protect the little boy from "the risk of serious harm he faced in the months prior to his death".

The Deputy Coroner said the handling of Mason's case "was a failure in nearly every possible way by the relevant employees of the department".

Eight of the nine frontline officers had faced disciplinary action, with five of them receiving a reprimand, while two of the officers — who left the department — faced no disciplinary action.

Only one officer received a penalty more serious than a reprimand — a declaration stating that the staff member's classification level would have been reduced had their temporary employment not ended.

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Mason Jet Lee was killed in 2016 by his stepfather, with the death leading to reforms in the department. (Facebook: Emmy Louise). CREATE Foundation chief executive Jacqui Reed said frontline staff turnover has a significant impact on vulnerable children , some of whom are already highly traumatised. Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak CEO Garth Morgan said the ongoing overrepresentation despite significant government investment, signified a "catastrophic failure ". "We need much stronger oversight and accountability for adhering to the child

Toddler Mason Jet Lee (pictured), who was found dead in a Caboolture home, north of Brisbane, at 21 months old lived in 'pure filth' with his mother, his aunt, Shuntel, says. Mason Jet Lee was found dead at his stepfather's home last month. The 21-month-old suffered 'horrific' injuries across his entire body and had been gravely unwell for a week beforehand, police said on Monday. 'I had to take it upon myself to contact child services because nobody else would do it and it was my responsibility, and duty as an aunty,' Shuntel said.

In a statement, PSC chief executive Robert Setter said the discipline taken against the employees was in no way proportionate to the seriousness and extent of the failings.

"It is the opinion of the commission review that the discipline imposed at the time was severely inadequate," Mr Setter said.

"In the most serious cases, some employees should have had their employment terminated.

"We would have expected that some other officers would have received a reduction in pay and others demoted."

But he said it was not legally possible to take further action against any of those employees who had already faced discipline.

"Those employees whose actions most significantly failed Mason are no longer working for the Queensland public service," he said.

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