The First Step

by PeakCare Qld on 24th March 2014

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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.

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Your candidates for PeakCare's Board for 2017

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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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On 21 March 2014, the Queensland Government introduced into the Legislative Assembly three new child protection reform Bills as part of the first stage of building a new child and family support system:

1.       The Public Guardian Bill

2.       The Family and Child Commission Bill

3.       Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill.

 

The Government asserts that the implementation of the proposed reforms in the Bills will streamline and transfer functions currently provided by the Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian to new entities.

 

The Bills propose to introduce,  from 1 July 2014, the reforms to the child protection system to establish new oversight structures.  This includes:

-        a new Office of the Public Guardian to provide individual advocacy services for vulnerable children and young people. The Office of the Public Guardian retains the functions of the current Adult Guardian, as well as new child advocacy functions that focus on individual support for vulnerable children, including those in the child protection system, and a community visitor regime.

-        a new Family and Child Commission to provide systemic leadership, research and oversight.

-        a new, independent and multidisciplinary Child Death Case Review Panel, with streamlined processes and a focus on learning.

-        transfer of administration of blue cards to the new Public Safety Business Agency.

-        improvements to Childrens Court processes.

-        streamlined complaints handling processes, with child protection system complaints managed by each relevant department with oversight by the Ombudsman.

 

The Bills also propose to introduce, from 1 January 2015, reforms that include:

-        changes to the Child Protection Act 1999 to clarify when a report may be made to Child Safety about a child and to consolidate current mandatory reporting requirements into the Act.

-        enabling prescribed entities, not just the department, to share relevant information about children and families to service providers to help prevent their problems escalating to a point that requires Child Safety’s intervention. This is one step towards reducing unsustainable demand on the child protection system so that children and families can access the right services at the right time.

 

The child protection reform Bills represent the first important step towards implementing the Government’s response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry’s report Taking responsibility: a roadmap for Queensland child protection.

 

Further information about the Bills can be found at the Parliament of Queensland website at:

http://www.parliament.qld.gov.au/work-of-assembly/bills-and-legislation/current-bills-register

 

And also at the department’s website at:

http://www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/reform-and-renewal/child-and-family

 

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