Child Protection Resources
PeakCare Queensland is dedicated to promoting the safety and wellbeing of children, young people and their families. As part of our ongoing dedication we have developed a series of resource pages that pertain to child protection. These pages are targeted at child protection practitioners, as well as families who are currently trying to navigate the child protection system.
The following links offer key resources for child protection:
The National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children 2009-2020 is a long-term approach to ensure the safety and wellbeing of Australia’s children and aims to deliver a substantial and sustained reduction in levels of child abuse and neglect over time.
The National Framework is for commonwealth, state and territory governments, non-government organisations, service providers and individuals with an interest in ensuring Australia’s children are safe and well.
The Fourth Action Plan is the final Action Plan of the National Framework and will continue to build the foundations and evidence base that will enable us to continue to improve outcomes for Australia’s children and young people beyond 2020.
The four key priorities of the Fourth Action Plan are:
- Improving outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children at risk of entering, or in contact with child protection systems.
- Improving prevention and early intervention through joint service planning and investment.
- Improving outcomes for children in out-of-home care by enhancing placement stability through reunification and other permanent care options.
- Improving organisations’ ability to keep children and young people safe from abuse.
The Child Protection Act 1999 is the primary legislation providing for the protection of children in Queensland.
The Child Protection Regulation 2011 is a subordinate piece of legislation under the Child Protection Act 1999.
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.
“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.
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) has a responsibility to promote and advocate for the safety and wellbeing of children and young people. The QFCC is committed to building shared knowledge and resources across the sector under the Strengthening Our Sector Strategy, First Action Plan. That’s why the QFCC partnered with peak bodies and government and non-government organisations to develop the Protecting Children online module. The module provides professionals and the community with the information they need to keep children more than safe.
To find out how you can help, complete the Protecting Children module and learn about:
- your role in protecting children
- having difficult conversations with children and parents
- child abuse and neglect
- how you can help a child or family you’re worried about, and
- ways to work together to protect children.
Protecting Children will strengthen your knowledge and embed a positive culture across organisations to improve outcomes for children and their families.
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 outlines these things.
This information is available to help you make a complaint and to understand the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women’s complaints management process.
Information and Sharing to Assist Families and Children in the Child Protection System – Australian Government Department of Social Services
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.
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.
Towards Collaboration A Resource Guide for Child Protection Services & Family Violence Workers: Victorian Government of Australia
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 provides support and information, and enhances cross-sector collaboration. The resource guide provides a strong basis for regional development or reviewing protocols between local support services.
The Act provides for the adoption of children in Queensland, and for access to information about parties to adoptions in Queensland, in a way that: promotes the wellbeing and best interests of adopted persons throughout their lives; and supports efficient and accountable practice in the delivery of adoption services; and complies with Australia’s obligations under the Hague convention.
The Adoption Regulation 2009 is a subordinate piece of legislation under the Adoption Act 2009.
The United Nations Standard Minimum Rules for the Administration of Juvenile Justice, often referred to as the Beijing Rules, is a resolution of the United Nations General Assembly regarding the treatment of juvenile prisoners and offenders in member nations.