The Queensland Government is building a new child protection and family support system to meet the needs of children, young people and families, now and into the future.
To do this, contemporary child protection laws are needed to support the child and family reforms and ensure children and young people are safe, protected and supported to reach their full potential.
The Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 was passed by the Queensland Parliament in October 2017, to make priority changes to the Child Protection Act 1999. These changes will:
- provide permanency and stability for children, now and throughout their lives, including support when they leave care
- provide the safe care and connection of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children with their families, communities and cultures
- establish a contemporary information sharing framework between government and non-government agencies, focused on children’s safety and wellbeing
- support implementation of other key reforms under the Supporting Families Changing Futures program.
On 29 January 2018, some of the changes commenced operation to allow Child Safety to provide more information to:
- people who are, or have been, living in out-of-home care
- a parent or guardian, if a deceased child was subject to a child protection order
- the police, if an investigation is being conducted following a child’s death
- child welfare authorities in other jurisdictions to respond to child protection concerns.
To support providing more detailed information to people who are, or have been, in out-of-home care, the department has introduced the Time in Care Information Access Service. This service can provide people who are, or have lived in out-of-home care, with a Time in Care Report as well as a range of documents the department holds such as their birth certificate, school reports and medical reports.
To find out more about this service, email firstname.lastname@example.org. In the first instance, young people in care, or transitioning from care, should contact their Child Safety Officer in the first instance about accessing information.
Further changes to the child protection legislation will commence on a date to be fixed by proclamation.