Authorities will investigate allegations of bullying at the Caboolture Child Safety office in relation to the case of Mason Lee. Photo: SuppliedAuthorities are investigating whether Mason Jet Lee’s case was affected by his case worker leaving after complaining of bullying.
Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman confirmed a bullying complaint at the Caboolture office was being investigated by the ethical standards unit, the child death review panel and the Family and Child Commissioner.
Three people have been charged in relation to the toddler’s death.
Four people have been stood down as part of the investigation into Mason’s death, with disciplinary proceedings ongoing against 12 staffers.
Ms Fentiman said the complaints were being investigated, but that she had not spoken to Mason’s original case worker.
“Twelve staff were referred to the ethical standards unit, they will look at those bullying allegations as well as all of the case work that happened in the case of Mason Jet Lee,” she said.
“And they will make a determination about whether or not disciplinary action is warranted.”
Ms Fentiman said whether or not Mason’s case was overlooked because a key staffer left was something the child death review panel and Family and Child Commissioner would examine.
“Both those reports will be published,” she said.
“I don’t want to pre-judge the findings of those two independent reports and I’ve already said I will implement any of the recommendations from those two reports.”
Ms Fentiman said she would be concerned about bullying in her department or anywhere in the public service.
Opposition Child Safety spokeswoman Ros Bates said if bullying was an issue at Caboolture, then Ms Fentiman should have been aware of it.
“This is a 21-month-old little boy who will never reach his second birthday,” Ms Bates said.
“If the allegations are true, then I am horrified and very saddened for Mason Jet Lee.”
Ms Bates said child safety officers were inundated with cases and called for Ms Fentiman to be removed as minister.
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