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Campaign: Child Protection Inquiry 2012

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Unearthing and examining ideas, assumptions and practices

Release of tender specifications for new CBIR and IFS services

This is to bring to your attention the release of tender specifications for new Community Based Intake and Referral (CBIR) services and Intensive Family Support (IFS) services, by the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services....

Coronial Inquiry and the Lessons to be Learned

The report of a Coronial inquiry into the death of a child, 8 year old Faith, who was known to the Queensland child protection system was released earlier this week. Consistent with the Coroners Act 2003 (Qld), the report is available from the Officer of the State Coroner’s website....

Ramp It Up

In the past few weeks, our sector has seen three new child protection bills passed by Parliament, a new Social Services Investment Framework released, the announcement of an unprecedented financial investment in child protection reforms in the State Budget, the ‘settling in’ of the governance arrangements established to exercise oversight of, and guide, the reforms, and steps taken t...

Budget announcement is good news for child protection but comes with a caution

PeakCare welcomes the announcement of a $406 million investment in child protection over five years. The State Government is to be commended for putting its money where its mouth is and maintaining its commitment to implementing recommendations of the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry led by Commissioner Tim Carmody SC ....

Government response to the Carmody Inquiry and the challenges that lie ahead

On Monday 16th December, the Queensland Government released its responseto the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry led by the Honourable Tim Carmody SC....

You Said It

PeakCare is very pleased to release to our Member Agencies and Supporters a report detailing your feedback about PeakCare’s preliminary response to recommendations of the Carmody Inquiry. Our sincere appreciation is extended to those who, within a very tight timeframe, provided us with their well-considered feedback as well as those who participated in our recently held roundtable me...

Do we use our resources optimally to achieve our aims? How would we know?

Wouldn’t you think that when money is tight, we would make extra sure that we are spending it on things that work?...

Industry Body Proceeding

In a move likely to be one of the most significant in many years in changing the community services landscape within Queensland, a decision has been made to proceed with the establishment of a Community Services Industry Body (CSIB). ...

Inquiry Hopes and Fears

In the final week or so leading up to the release of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry (the Inquiry) report by 30 June 2013, PeakCare invited member agencies, supporters, eNews readers and others to tell us about your hopes and fears about the recommendations....

For the Big Budget News. Wait for the Inquiry.

While the state budget announced on Tuesday 4th June contained some news for the child protection sector, it is expected that we will need to wait for the Child Protection Inquiry to conclude before we find out more about ways in which the Government can better invest its financial resources in creating an improved child protection system....

What you are saying about secure care

Prompted by proposals for the introduction of a secure care option for young people having been brought to the attention of the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, PeakCare recently released a discussion paper, Secure Care – Needed or Not?...

Charge up the GPS.

Charge up the GPS -Our Response to the Inquiry’s Discussion Paper.I love my GPS! What a fantastic invention! It works out the route that I am to travel, tells me where and when to turn, tells me how long it will take to get there, even warns me when I may be breaking the rules and driving a tad too fast – too easy. But sometimes I hate my GPS –...

Beneath and Beyond the Bravado

Recent hearings of the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry have focussed on residential care....

Medication Minefield

The use of Ritalin and anti-psychotic drugs has hit the news again in Australia...

Let\'s talk about Permanency Planning and Adoption

One of the more contentious issues brought to the attention of the current Child Protection Commission of Inquiry concerns the role of adoption....

Child protection is simple, isn\'t it?

Child protection is simple, isn’t it? Work out who the bad parents are who abuse their kids and give them to more deserving families who will love and care for them....

Who is at the helm?

This week, PeakCare submitted a catalogue of around forty documents to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. The documents that were assembled within the catalogue included feedback in response to drafted government agency policies, submissions, discussion papers and research reports produced or commissioned by PeakCare in recent years....

If this was the flu, we would call it an epidemic

Public hearings by the Child Protection Inquiry commenced this week with the release of some astounding figures. We have now reached the point where the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services is projecting that 23.8% - nearly one quarter - of Queensland’s children will be known to Child Safety Services during 2012-13. For Aboriginal and Torres Str...

Re-thinking out-of-home care

Media attention has again been placed on residential care. This is likely to continue, if not significantly increase as the current Child Protection Commission of Inquiry proceeds. Whilst residential care appears to be the focus of attention at the moment, this could and is likely to extend very quickly to other forms of out-of-home care....

Re-shaping the System. But into What?

Widespread media commentary has noted that, whilst most inquiries into the abuse and neglect of children are ‘crisis-driven’ and prompted by scandalous treatment of an individual child or family, no such impetus has underpinned the establishment of Queensland’s current Child Protection Inquiry. Rather, its stated rationale is to deliver a ‘road map’ for child...

No Closed Doors

Inquiry Opened with a Promise of No Closed DoorsYesterday, Commissioner Tim Carmody opened the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. His recommendations for the ‘road map’ for Queensland’s child protection system for the next decade, are due in 10 months....

Shining the Light on Residential Care

In recent weeks, a bright light has been shone on residential care services in Queensland. On 30th May, ABC Lateline aired a story questioning whether residential care is “serving as an incubator for a lifetime of crime, violence and prison”....