Inquiries

Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry

tim_carmodyQueensland’s third inquiry into the child protection system within little more than a decade commenced with the announcement of a Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (QCPCI). The Terms of Reference were announced by the Premier on 29 June 2012.

Whilst previous Inquiries – the 1999 Commission of Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Queensland Institutions (the Forde Inquiry) and the 2004 Crime and Misconduct Commissions Inquiry into Abuse of Children in Foster Care – focused on picking up the pieces of children’s lives after being harmed, this Inquiry’s Terms of Reference provided scope for a much broader examination of the child protection system as a whole, including being specifically tasked to make recommendations about strategies to reduce over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.

The QCPCI heard a wide range of views through submissions, hearings and witness statements, as well as through responses to emerging issues and discussion papers. A challenge for the Inquiry was to devise ways in which investment in prevention, early intervention and intensive family support services can occur without prematurely depleting the capacity of tertiary services before a reduction in demand for these services is realised.

View the QCPCI Final Report Taking Responsibility – A road map for Queensland Child Protection.

 

Submissions

Below is a sample of documents that PeakCare submitted to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

PeakCare’s preliminary submission to the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry

Directions in Out of Home Care – Challenges and Opportunities

Strengthening Families to Protect Children

Future Directions for Family Based Care

The Role of Residential Care in meeting the needs of Children and Young People in Care

Question Time – Frameworks for Care

Rethinking Child Protection – A New Paradigm

NGO Sector Staff attraction and retention to implement the National Framework

Munro Campaign

Peakcare’s response to the discussion paper Permanency planning and the question of adoption

PeakCare’s response to the discussion paper Secure Care – Needed or Not?

PeakCare’s response to the Inquiry’s February 2013 discussion paper

PeakCare’s responses to each of the 121 recommendations of the Carmody Inquiry

Member and Supporter feedback about PeakCare’s responses to the recommendations of the Carmody Inquiry

Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse

royal-commissionA Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse was established on 11th January 2013. This followed former Prime Minister Julia Gillard’s announcement in November 2012 of her intention to establish a Royal Commission and discussions about its establishment with a range of government, community and religious leaders. The Commonwealth Attorney-General at the time released a consultation paper to canvas views about the terms of reference, the form of the Royal Commission, the number and type of Royal Commissioners, and the reporting timetable. In November 2012, PeakCare made a response to the consultation paper.

Six Royal Commissioners were appointed in Hon Justice Peter McClellan AM (Chair of the Commission), Mr Bob Atkinson AO APM, Justice Jennifer Coate, Mr Robert Fitzgerald AM, Professor Helen Milroy, and Mr Andrew Murray. They investigated how institutions with a responsibility for children managed and responded to instances of child sexual abuse and where systems failed to protect children, and made recommendations on how to improve laws, policies and practices to prevent and better respond to child sexual abuse in institutions. An interim report was released in mid 2014 and the final report was released in December 2017, concluding the five-year term of the Royal Commission. Read PeakCare’s preliminary response to the final report.

Related documents

Consultation paper

PeakCare’s response to the consultation paper

Explaining the Letters Patent and Terms of Reference

PeakCare’s response to the Issues Paper 1 – Working with children check

PeakCare’s response to the Issues Paper 3 – Child safe institutions

PeakCare’s response to the Issues Paper 4 – Preventing sexual abuse of children in out of home care

PeakCare’s submission in response to the consultation paper Redress and Civil Litigation

PeakCare’s submission in response to the consultation paper Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse in Out-of-Home Care 

PeakCare’s submission in response to the consultation paper Best practice in responding to complaints of child sexual abuse in institutional contexts 

PeakCare’s submission in response to the consultation paper Records and recordkeeping practices 

Royal Commission’s Interim Report

Royal Commission’s Final Report

PeakCare’s preliminary response to the Final Report