The Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (Carmody Inquiry) Final Report was released on 1 July 2013.
The Queensland Government provided a response in December 2013, addressing the 121 recommendations of the report.
They committed to spending $406 million over the next five years to better support the state's most vulnerable families and children.
New child protection legislation July 2016
As of 1 July 2016, Mr Nigel Miller commenced work as Queensland’s first Director of Child Protection Litigation (DCPL).
From 1 July 2016, DCPL officers will now appear as the applicant in all court matters in child protection order proceedings and be subject to a new duty of disclosure. From 1 July, the court has an expanded authority to allow a significant person in a child’s life to take part in the proceeding under the amended section 113 of the Child Protection Act 1999.
The Childrens Court Rules 2016 (the Rules) also commenced on 1 July 2016. The Rules are the result of a comprehensive review and facilitate the role of the Director; as well as providing for a court case management framework to allow the court to actively manage proceedings, minimise delay, clarify issues and evidence and determine who should be a party or participate in the proceeding.
New forms have been approved for use under the Childrens Court Act 1992 from 1 July 2016. The forms will be available on the Queensland Courts website.
The website for the DCPL is now live. The website provides information about the DCPL and the Director, opportunities for providing feedback, and contact details for the Office of the DCPL.
For more information you can also visit the detailed news article on Community Door.
Supporting families changing futures
Find the Queensland Government's latest Supporting Families Changing Futures 2017 report here.
You can also subscribe to the Supporting Families Changing Futures monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest progress and news about the reforms.
Family and Child Connect
From January 2015, new community-based services, known as Family and Child Connect, are being rolled out across Queensland to support families who are at risk of entering or re-entering the child protection system to get them back on track, before their problems escalate.
Families who find themselves in need of support can contact Family and Child Connect themselves for assistance. Where professionals (such as teachers, health workers and police) and members of the community have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, they can refer the family to Family and Child Connect for information, advice, and engagement instead of Child Safety.