Government Child Protection Organisations

Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (DCSYW) supports and administers the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Child Safety, Youth and Women and Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women aims to see that all Queenslanders are safe and thriving in families and communities. The department was established in early 2018, driven by a focus on better outcomes for children, young people, women and families. We contribute to the Advancing Queensland’s Priorities by working to enable children, young people, women and families to be safe and to thrive in culture and communities, and to prevent and respond to crime, violence, abuse and neglect.


Department of Youth Justice

The goal of youth justice is to provide a fair and balanced response to young people in contact with the youth justice system. This response holds young people accountable for their actions, encourages their reintegration into the community and promotes community safety.

The Queensland Family and Child Commission

The QFCC was established on 1 July 2014 as result of the recommendations outlined in the Queensland Government’s response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (Carmody Inquiry). The QFCC holds responsibilities for providing expert oversight of Queenslands child protection system; educating parents, families, communities and professionals about the services available to strengthen and support families; and working alongside government and non-government organisations, universities and the vocational education and training sectors to strengthen the capacity and capability of the child protection workforce.


The Office of the Public Guardian

The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is an independent statutory body which protects the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable Queenslanders. The OPG has specific responsibilities to support children and young people in the child protection system including those in out of home care, residential care and detention?and provides them with help, support and individual advocacy.