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The following links offer key resources for Child Protection: 


National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children

Overview: The National Framework’s focus is on stronger prevention strategies to tackle social disadvantage and promote social inclusion and wellbeing. Better collaboration within and between governments will also be a priority. Closing the gap between Indigenous children and other children will be a chief aim of the national framework.

National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009-2020 - Third three-year action plan, 2015-2018

Overview: The third action plan builds off consultations across Australia with a range of stakeholders (including Queensland’s child protection peak bodies), a baseline evaluation of progress to date relating to the National Framework and two earlier action plans, and views about priorities for the third action plan. It contains a significant package of measures that focus efforts on prevention and early intervention activities – in children’s early years as well as early in the development of problems - as the means to strengthen families’ and communities’ abilities to care for their children and young people.


Queensland Child Protection Act

Overview: The Child Protection Act 1999 is the primary legislation providing for the protection of children in Queensland.

Towards Collaboration: A resource guide for Child Protection & family violence services

Overview: “Early experiences have an effect on emotional development, the organisation of behaviour and personality. Experience shapes brain functions, and early experiences shape the foundations of life’s behavioural responses. Just because children cannot talk about their experiences does not mean that they cannot remember. Early intervention in trauma is not just for the child, or the parent: it is for the future too (Hewitt, 1999).”

Towards Collaboration will provide support and information, and enhance cross-sector collaboration. The resource guide will provide a strong basis for regional development or reviewing of protocols between local support services.

U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child

Overview: The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights—civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognised that children have human rights too.

The Convention sets out these rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. Every right spelled out in the Convention is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child. The Convention protects children's rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services.

U.N Convention on the Rights of the Child in Child Friendly Language

Overview: “Rights" are things every child should have or be able to do. All children have the same rights. These rights are listed in the UN Convention on the Rights of the Child. Almost every country has agreed to these rights. All the rights are connected to each other, and all are equally important. Sometimes, we have to think about rights in terms of what is the best for children in a situation, and what is critical to life and protection from harm. As you grow, you have more responsibility to make choices and exercise your rights.

Child abuse and protection in Australia

Overview: This paper provides an overview of child abuse and child protection in Australia. It includes background on Commonwealth, state and territory responsibilities, funding and legislation; and provides links to some key resources and organisations in the child protection area. It also identifies some literature on the future directions of child protection. It reviews and updates the contents of Who's looking after the kids: an overview of child abuse and child protection in Australia.

How to make a complaint

Overview: The following information is available to help you make a complaint and to understand the department’s complaints management process.

Mandatory reporting of child abuse and neglect

Overview: The legal requirement to report suspected cases of child abuse and neglect is known as mandatory reporting. All jurisdictions possess mandatory reporting requirements of some description. However, the people mandated to report and the abuse types for which it is mandatory to report vary across Australian states and territories. This document will outline these things.

Information sharing to assist families and children in the child protection system

Overview: This study assesses what the Commonwealth government can do to improve the effectiveness of information sharing for families and children in the child protection system. It focuses on how to expand the role of Commonwealth agencies – Centrelink primarily and, to a lesser extent, the Child Support Agency (CSA) and the Family Court – in providing information to child protection agencies.

The Circle of Security: Roadmap to building supportive relationships

Overview: The Circle of Security is an early intervention program for parents and children that focuses on the relationships which give children emotional support. Central to the program is the Circle of Security map, which helps parents and other carers to follow children’s relationship needs and so know how to become more emotionally available to them. The map draws a very clear link between attachment and learning.

Child protection Australia 2014-2015

Overview: This report contains comprehensive information on state and territory child protection and support services, and the characteristics of Australian children within the child protection system.

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