AU: Another child protection privacy breach names more than 30 kids in care

Beau Donnelly reports:

Victoria’s embattled child protection department has again been caught leaking private information – even after an internal inquiry identified a litany of breaches.

Three months after the Andrews government pledged better training for staff, the Department of Health and Human Services released a file containing protected information about dozens of children in foster care.

This breach, out of a government office that has already come under scrutiny for failing to safeguard confidential information, occurred while the agency is under investigation by the state’s privacy commissioner.

A DHHS caseworker sent a spreadsheet to a Melbourne foster carer showing details of multiple expenses that had been claimed for children in out-of-home care. It identified more than 30 vulnerable children.

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