The call for abstracts for the National Child Protection have now closed.

During the last week of June 2019 Queensland will host The Big Week, consisting of not one, not two, but three big events:

  • The National Child Protection Conference – Co-hosted by the Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA), the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), and PeakCare Queensland (24 & 25 June 2019);
  • Advocacy Masterclass – Led by Professor Cindy Blackstock (26 June 2019); and
  • The QATSICPP Members’ Conference – Hosted by QATSICPP (27 & 28 June 2019)

This is a call for abstracts for event one – The National Child Protection Conference that is being held on Monday 24th and Tuesday 25th of June 2019 at Rydges South Bank in Brisbane.



The National Child Protection Conference will include an exciting mix of:

  • Keynote addresses
  • 90 minute workshops and panel-led discussions
  • 40 minute concurrent presentations (including time for questions), and
  • 10 minute express podium presentations.

Representatives from the non-government and government sectors, academics, advocates and representatives of people with a lived experience of the child protection system are invited to express interest in facilitating a workshop or delivering a presentation.



We are especially interested in presentations and workshops that will:

  • showcase contemporary research and innovation in policy, practice or program development within and across the government and non-government sectors, and
  • explore the hot issues in the world of child protection and how each State and Territory is tackling them.

These ‘hot issues’ may include, but are not limited to:

  1. Self-determination – what does it really mean for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples and community-controlled organisations? What responsibilities do governments and non-Indigenous non-government organisations have in achieving self-determination?
  2. On the matter of ‘permanency’ – what does this mean? Are we doing what can and should be done?
  3. On the matter of children’s transitions – what does this mean? Are we doing what can and should be done?
  4. The pursuit of a public health approach – a fact or fallacy for child protection? A good idea or not? Where should governments be investing resources?
  5. Where does child protection begin and end? How well are we achieving sound understandings and management of the intersection of child protection with other service systems such as youth justice, disability services, domestic and family violence, health, education, housing, early childhood education and care, and so on?
  6. What impact will human rights legislation and frameworks have on the administration of child protection systems and practices within and across government and non-government sectors?
  7. How are States and Territories responding to recommendations of the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse? In particular, how are they responding to the three key elements of preventing further abuse, responding to known or suspected abuse if and when it occurs, and facilitating and assisting recovery from abuse that has occurred?

What are promising developments, if any, that are taking place in respect of any or all of the above? What are the challenges and what are the opportunities? How is each State and Territory addressing these issues? Are their approaches similar or different? What other ‘hot issues’ exist for you?