SOCIAL workers in Fairfield walked off the job for about an hour last week to protest about high vacancy rates and a lack of resources.
The statewide strike came after revelations that NSW was short by about 270 caseworkers.
Steve Turner from the NSW Public Service Association said the shortages needed fixing to better support "the state's vulnerable children and their families".
Mr Turner said the association called on the Minister for Family and Community Services, Pru Goward, to address immediately the lack of staff and resources.
Only last month, the Cabramatta Street Team disbanded after more than 10 years operating out of the Cabramatta police station.
A spokesman for Ms Goward said the splitting up of the team was needed.
"The NSW government has set up new Child Protection Adolescent Response Teams across the state, region by region, including south-west Sydney," the spokesman said. "We can work with at-risk teens across the entire region, not just one suburb."
One caseworker, who spoke with the Champion anonymously, said the Cabramatta Street Team provided much- needed support for local vulnerable young people.
The caseworker said the team worked long hours without high demands.
"The only funding that was required was wages up to $800,000, because the community service was not required to pay rent or phone bills," the caseworker said.
Cabramatta MP Nick Lalich called on the state government to reinstate the Cabramatta Street Team.
Mr Lalich said the team made up a valuable part of the community that worked closely with Cabramatta police.
With regard to the state- wide strike, the director-general of the Department of Family and Community Services, Michael Coutts-Trotter, said that as of August 13, there were 184 new appointments across NSW and that 64 of these had already started work.
"The remaining 120 have been offered positions but are awaiting pre-employment checks and will commence shortly," he said.