Tasmania Police have confirmed that children at risk reports were not passed onto child protection workers due to a technology glitch.
The implemented process had police attending a matter relating to children, then compiling a report which details the response, inquiries or investigation is automatically emailed to Children and Youth Services.
However, Assistant Commissioner Donna Adams said the police department’s information technology section raised the alarm last week that 169 out of 23,000 reports generated over the past five years were never sent.
“Unfortunately, a technical issue was identified last week which had resulted in a number of the automatic emails not being sent,” she said.
A bulk review of the reports was undertaken and Assistant Commissioner Adams said that most were dealt with through other reporting systems – however 31 reports were never passed on at all.
These matters have now been examined by child protection with two cases being identified as requiring further action by authorities.
“The welfare of children is a priority for us and I can assure the community that the police response to each matter appropriate,” Assistant Commissioner Adams said.
Police have now implemented a new process to ensure they are alerted to any unsent emails.
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