Government Child Protection Organisations
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (DCCSDS) supports and administers the portfolio responsibilities of the Minister for Disability Services and Minister for Seniors and the Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety, and Minister for Multicultural Affairs. The stated role of the Department is to invest in, and deliver, human and social services that improve the wellbeing, safety, capability and participation of vulnerable Queenslanders; liveability, resilience and cohesion in Queensland communities; and capability, sustainability, innovation and productivity of social services systems in Queensland. Amongst its range of responsibilities, the DCCSDS has statutory responsibilities for child protection investigation and the guardianship of children living in out-of-home care.
The QFCC was established on 1 July 2014 as result of the recommendations outlined in the Queensland Government’s response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (Carmody Inquiry). The QFCC holds responsibilities for providing expert oversight of Queenslands child protection system; educating parents, families, communities and professionals about the services available to strengthen and support families; and working alongside government and non-government organisations, universities and the vocational education and training sectors to strengthen the capacity and capability of the child protection workforce.
The Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) is an independent statutory body which protects the rights and wellbeing of vulnerable Queenslanders. The OPG has specific responsibilities to support children and young people in the child protection system including those in out of home care, residential care and detention?and provides them with help, support and individual advocacy.