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Child safety officer failed to pass on information about neglected toddler Mason Jet Lee

Child safety officer failed to pass on information about neglected toddler Mason Jet Lee
A Department of Child Safety officer involved in slain toddler Mason Lee's case had been referred to the corruption watchdog but left the department before an internal investigation was complete.
It was revealed in documents that have been publicly released as part of the inquest into the toddler's death.
The statements show nine Child Safety staff who dealt with Mason's case were investigated by the Ethical Standards Unit.
Mason Lee died in June 2016. (Supplied)
One officer was found to have no case to answer, while the other eight had allegations against them proven.
Three quit the department before the investigation was over, with one of them punished by their salary being reduced.
The remaining five officers received an official warning.
One worker who resigned was even referred to the Crime and Corruption Commission for professional misconduct, but the watchdog didn't take it further because they were no longer employed.
Mason Lee died in June 2016 after a punch to his stomach from his mother's partner William O'Sullivan that led to sepsis and his slow death.
Police statements show the QPS also encountered difficulties trying to work together with the Department of Child Safety.
Mason Lee's inquest has been closed to the public due to coronavirus. (AAP)
One officer claims there wasn't a free flow of information and says they were even forced to obtain two warrants to get the details they needed from the department.
An expert report from a doctor who specializes in professional judgment and decision making in child protection services found "Mason was on the periphery of worker's attention rather than at the centre".
The report found child safety officers focused on helping Mason's mum separate from her violent partner rather than putting safety measures in place for Mason. The toddler was "rarely seen" during checks and there was no evidence his bedroom was ever sighted by officers, the report states.
It also found a junior officer asked to do a safety check misinterpreted the request and thought she was meant to be checking on Mason's mother, Anne Maree Lee.
She didn't ask where the Mason was, but "assumed he was sleeping or at daycare". The documents also reveal the Caboolture Child Safety Office was in a dire state at the time, with insufficient resources, not enough funding, officers with high workloads.
The reports also details the sweeping changes made to the Department of Child Safety since Mason's death, including the opening of a second office for the region in Morayfield, funding increases, new practices and training which are all "...aimed at ensuring that no other child dies as Mason did".