Two new agencies open their doors to Child Protection Reforms

by PeakCare Qld on 2nd July 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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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 1st July, the first of the new Office of Public Guardian Advocacy Hubs at South Brisbane was launched by the Honourable Jarrod Bleijie MP, Attorney-General and Minister for Justice. 

Over oncoming days, similar hubs will also be launched in Ipswich and Townsville.  In his address to the gathered audience, Mr Bleijie noted that the establishment of the hubs within the Office of the Public Guardian had been undertaken in response to the Carmody Child Protection Inquiry’s recommendations and demonstrated the Government’s commitment to child protection reforms.
 
The occasion was also used to publicly launch the new Family and Child Commission. In her address, the Honourable Tracy Davis MP, Minister for Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services stated that, “The new entity led by Commissioner Stephen Armitage will advise Government about how to create real intergenerational change for vulnerable Queensland families”.  Ms Davis also acknowledged the valued contribution made by PeakCare and other peak bodies to shaping the child protection reform agenda.
 
In marking the commencement of the new Family and Child Commission, Commissioner Steve Armitage has sent this letter to colleagues throughout the child protection sector.
 
Members of PeakCare’s ‘Bills Consultation Network’ that was established via yammer will already be aware of the legislative reforms needed to establish these two new agencies and their passage through Parliament.  Building on this initiative, PeakCare has commenced discussions with the relevant government agencies about ways in which we can best convey information to our member agencies about the roles now being played by the new Family and Child Commission and the Office of the Public Guardian and facilitate detailed discussions about the operational impact on your services and the implications for your client groups. 

Watch out for further announcements about this that will be sent your way in the near future.

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