Child Protection workers forced to stop work

19 March, 2024

NSW Child Protection workers, who answer after-hours hotline calls from the public reporting at-risk kids, stopped work for two hours this week over chronic overwork, arbitrary staff suspensions and unreasonable workplace directives.

The action comes after two senior managers were stood down earlier this month from the After Hours Response Team (AHRT) and call centre workers had work from home arrangements revoked.

Staff also report working in excess of 18 hours at a time to keep the hotline open.

AHRT workers attended a snap two-hour stop-work meeting between 4.30pm and 6.30pm on Monday 18th March.

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