Dr Anthony Lynham

STATE MEMBER FOR STAFFORD

Commencement of changes to the Child Protection Act 1999

Changes to the Child Protection Act 1999

7 August, 2018 –

Queensland’s most vulnerable children will have greater protection with important reforms to Queensland’s child projection legislation recently coming in to effect.

The latest phase of these reforms will make it easier for children on custody orders to be vaccinated and will improve safety planning for children who remain in their homes under agreements between parents and Child Safety.

All children and young people deserve to be safe and that’s why we are making these significant changes.

The changes mean an intervention with parental agreement can only be considered if a child will not be placed at immediate risk should a parent withdraw from the agreement.

We are also helping children known to Child Safety get the best start in life by making it easier for children on custody orders to receive routine and emergency vaccinations.

The changes would also mean improved Child Safety processes. Staff will now have more guidance for when to apply for a temporary custody order to keep a child safe
Safeguards are being introduced against the publication of information about child witnesses in criminal proceedings, while making it clear that police can share identifying information about a child in care when urgent police matters come up.

The changes are being made through the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017, which was the result of a comprehensive review of the Child Protection Act 1999.

The first stage, which commenced in January, allowed Child Safety to provide more information to people who are, or have been, living in out-of-home care and to the Police in the event of an investigation, as well as to child welfare authorities in other states.

The next stage of the reforms, including better supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in care maintain connections with their families, communities and cultures, comes in to effect later this year.

It will also make sure children and young people in care will have greater permanency and stability throughout their lives, including support when they leave care.