Today’s breaking news from South Australia, the nation and abroad. SA records no new COVID-19 cases as it closes in on one million tests, and the government has released concept designs for the $44 million Memorial Drive redevelopment.
UPDATED: Children in state care are being looked after in government offices instead of at purpose-built residential care homes due to ongoing staffing shortages within the Child Protection Department, the public sector union claims.
Parents who permanently adopt children from state care could be paid an allowance under a new State Government policy to curb the growing number of children in the child protection system.
Senior youth workers fear the safety of children in residential care homes is being compromised by chronic understaffing and worker stress, with the public sector union claiming 150 shifts went uncovered by the Child Protection Department over a six-week period last year.