Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry
Queensland’s third inquiry into the child protection system within little more than a decade commenced with the announcement of a Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (QCPCI). The Terms of Reference were announced by the Premier on 29 June 2012.
Whilst previous Inquiries – the 1999 Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry) and the 2004 Crime and Misconduct Commissions Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Foster Care – focused on picking up the pieces of children’s lives after being harmed, this Inquiries Terms of Reference provided scope for a much broader examination of the child protection system as a whole, including being specifically tasked to make recommendations about the strategies to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.
The QCPCI heard a wide range of views through submissions, hearings and witness statements, as well as through responses to emerging issues and discussion papers. A challenge for the Inquiry was to devise ways in which investment in prevention, early intervention and intensive family support services can occur without prematurely depleting the capacity of tertiary services before a reduction in demand for these services is realised.
The QCPCI Final Report Taking Responsibility – A road map for Queensland Child Protection.
Below is a sample of some of the documents that PeakCare have submitted to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
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Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse
Quentin Bryce, appointed a Royal Commission to investigate Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse on 11 January 2013. This followed the Prime Minister’s announcement in November 2012 of her intention to establish a Royal Commission and discussions about its establishment with a wide range of government, community and religious leaders. The Commonwealth Attorney-General also released a consultation paper to canvas views about the terms of reference, the form of the Royal Commission, the number and type of Royal Commissioners, and the reporting timetable. Read PeakCare’s response to the consultation paper. Read the letters patent and terms of reference.
Six Royal Commissioners were appointed: Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM (Chair of the Commission), Mr Bob Atkinson AO APM, Justice Jennifer Coate, Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM, Professor Helen Milroy, and Mr Andrew Murray. They will investigate how institutions with a responsibility for children have managed and responded to instances of child sexual abuse and where systems have failed to protect children. They will make recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. Any private, public or non-government organisation that is, or was in the past, involved with children, including government agencies, schools, sporting clubs, orphanages, foster care, and religious organisations are within the scope of the inquiry. Regardless of where or when the abuse occurred, this includes where an organisation, considered responsible for caring for a child, is responsible for the abuse or for not responding appropriately. An interim report must be prepared no later than 30 June 2014 and unless extended, the final report is due by the end of 2015.
Public hearings commenced in Melbourne on 3 April 2013. Transcripts are available on-line and are being webcast. Written or oral, public or private, submissions are welcome. Services are available to provide advice and support to people who have been affected by child sexual abuse and / or wish to provide evidence to the Royal Commission.
Follow the Royal Commission’s progress at their website
PeakCare’s Submission (29th of November 2012)