The Minister for Child Protection has given a guarantee that vulnerable children will continue to be cared for in Wyndham, despite a downsizing of the local office.
Helen Morton told Parliament this week that a review of services in the East Kimberley has concluded the Wyndham office was being resourced “above requirements”.
Two staff have accepted voluntary redundancies, reducing the number of staff servicing the town from six to four.
Ms Morton told Parliament there would be no reduction in support available to families and children in the town.
The Department of Child Protection’s district director, Fiona Fisher, says the restructure will see more senior staff appointed.
“What we’ve ended up with is I think a more positive outcome for both Wyndham and for the district,” she said.
“So we’ll have a team made up of senior staff, reflecting the complexity of the work and the isolation and we’re also hoping to align the department’s remote service delivery.
“There will be no loss in services provided in Wyndham and really the new configuration will provide enhanced service delivery in that we’re working towards quite a senior team, to reflect the complex nature of the area.
“We’re maintaining a strong presence in Wyndham, so I don’t think there’ll be any impact on a family needing support in Wyndham.”