NSW app will help caseworkers protect kids

NSW app will help caseworkers protect kids

An Australian-first app will give NSW caseworkers real-time access to information so they can respond faster to the needs of vulnerable kids.

Families and Communities Minister Gareth Ward said caseworkers helped to develop the ChildStory Mobile app being rolled out across the state.

"This Australian-first app will provide caseworkers with real-time access to vital information, allowing faster responses and better outcomes for vulnerable kids," Mr Ward said in a statement on Wednesday.

"ChildStory Mobile will save time, reduce paperwork and improve services and support provided to vulnerable children and families across NSW."

ChildStory Mobile is a modified version of ChildStory, the desktop system used by the Department of Communities and Justice for child protection and out-of-home care.

The new app allows caseworkers to:

* Complete home visit records and upload files;

* Access client information;

* Complete safety assessments;

* Use the innovative talk-to-text function; and

* Create digital safety plans that can be signed and shared with families instantly.