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.
The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry was established on 1 July 2012 by the Queensland Government to review Queensland's child protection system and chart a new road map for child protection for the next decade. The Report proposes that there is no longer a need for an independent Children's Commission reporting to Parliament and that departments should ensure they meet their legislative responsibilities with support by generalist oversight bodies including the Ombudsman, the Coroner and the Crime and Misconduct Commission.
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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