Retirement Announcment

by PeakCare Qld on 22nd November 2012

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Minister Fentiman delivers enthralling speech at PeakCare's AGM

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

If you were unable to attend PeakCare’s AGM on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, make sure you read the enthralling speech delivered by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

PeakCare's Board for 2017

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

Your candidates for PeakCare's Board for 2017

by PeakCare Qld
on 30th November 2016

New Family and Child Connect services (FaCC), Intensive Family Support services (IFS) and specialist Domestic and Family Violence services

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) wishes to advise of the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Mount Isa / Gulf Family Support and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Support Services

More about the Royal Commission into the South Australian child protection system

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, The life they deserve, was released in early August 2016. The report is presented in two volumes. The first volume sets out what the Royal Commission did to examine the adequacy of current laws and policies to protect children and young people, system deficits and 260 recommendations addressing a wide range of structural, system and practice aspects across the SA government and service system. The second volume contains 5 case studies that examine the operation of the system and practice quality in specific areas. Four focus on the individual circumstances of young children, intervening in high risk families, leaving care, and children with complex needs in out of home care.

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For the past 8 years, Elizabeth Fraser has provided a leading role in advocating for Queensland’s children and young people.

This week, Ms Fraser announced that she would be retiring from her role as Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian in January.  In paying tribute to Ms Fraser, Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis said that Queensland’s children and young people had benefited from the dedication shown by Ms Fraser throughout the eight years she has served as Commissioner.

“I sincerely thank her for the leadership, commitment and professionalism she has shown during her time at the Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian.

“The Commission for Children, Young People and Child Guardian serves a vital role in helping to protect Queensland’s children and young people and Ms Fraser is well known throughout the sector for passionately protecting the rights, safety, interests and wellbeing of children throughout the State. I wish her all the best in her upcoming retirement.”

Commissioner Fraser in speaking with PeakCare stated that she is encouraged by the momentum that has grown concerning the public interest being shown in child protection.  She sees this as evidenced by the establishment of the current Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry that has been driven not by a scandal concerning the treatment of an individual child or family, but rather by a desire to chart a new roadmap for child protection over the next decade.  The recently announced Royal Commission into child sexual abuse and ways in which allegations of abuse are responded to was also seen by Ms Fraser as evidence of growing public awareness and community expectations about properly addressing the needs of children.

“Whatever the way forward is going to be, it is good that people are paying attention.  We need to remain focused throughout these inquiries on achieving better outcomes for children.  That must always remain central to our concerns”.

Commissioner Fraser stated that over her eight years at the helm of the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian she has been especially pleased to observe a growing concern about achieving far better results for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Whilst encouraging of the further development of prevention and early intervention responses, the Commissioner also warned that this should not be at the expense of properly caring for and meeting the needs of children who are already involved with the statutory child protection system.

“These are children whose circumstances are not of their own making and we have an obligation to ensure that they are receiving the best care possible.”

On behalf of our member agencies and supporters, PeakCare sincerely thanks Commissioner Fraser for her dedicated service and the valued contribution she has made to the lives of Queensland’s children and young people.  We wish her well for the future and know that, whilst she may be retiring from her role as Commissioner, Elizabeth Fraser is unlikely to ever relinquish her vocation as a child protection warrior.

 

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