This is the final report of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. The inquiry was established on 1 July 2012 to review the performance and effectiveness of the child protection system in Queensland. The Inquiry was also asked to develop a 10 year plan on creating and delivering the best possible system that the state can afford. This report presents the conclusions and recommendations of the Inquiry, as well as a new roadmap for child welfare. The public perception of a system under stress is justified. Over the last decade, child protection intakes have tripled, the rate of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care has tripled, the number of children in out-of-home care has more than doubled, and children in care are staying there for longer periods. However, the Inquiry believes this situation can be turned around, with reforms that divert families from the statutory system, support vulnerable families, support children leaving care, support the child protection workforce, and improve public confidence.
List of recommendations
1. The case for reform
2. The current statutory child protection system in Queensland
3. Funding the child protection system
4. Diverting families from the statutory system
5. Designing a new family support system for children and families
6. Child protection and the non-government service sector in Queensland
7. A new practice framework for Queensland
8. Options for children in out-of-home care
9. Transition from care
10. Building capacity in the child protection workforce
11. Aboriginal and Torres Strait children and the child protection system
12. Improving public confidence in the child protection system
13. Children and the legal system
14. Legislative review
15. Implementing the Child Protection Reform Roadmap
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