Webinar – Human Rights Act in action: Impact of changes to the Child Protection Act
QCOSS partnered with Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and PeakCare on 31 July 2020 to explore how the Human Rights Act (HRA) applies to the Child Protection and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2020 (‘the Bill’).
This workshop was held to improve the human rights literacy of the child protection sector, as well as encouraging organisations to participate in the Committee process, including by making a submission. Speakers provide an overview of the Bill, and discuss the impact of the HRA on lawmaking and application of the HRA to the Bill.
There was also a panel discussion on alternative human rights compliant options that may still achieve the aim of the Bill, featuring speakers from PeakCare, University of Queensland, Queensland Human Rights Commission, Micah Project, Save the Children, QATSICPP, UnitingCare, Act for Kids and the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
Former Public Guardian, Natalie Siegel-Brown featured in a pre-recorded segment reflecting on the pros and cons of a department head making decisions that have life-changing consequences for the person involved.