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Author Queensland. Crime and Misconduct Commission.

Title Protecting children : an inquiry into abuse of children in foster care / Crime and Misconduct Commission
Published Brisbane : Crime and Misconduct Commission, 2004


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Description xxvi, 367 pages : illustrations ; 30 cm
regular print
Contents Summary -- Introduction -- Chap. 1. Child protection in Queensland -- Chap. 2. The investigations -- Chap. 3. The public hearings and inquiry submissions -- Chap. 4. The future for Queensland children : an overview -- Chap. 5. Department of Child Safety -- Chap. 6. Multi-agency relationships and mandatory reporting -- Chap. 7. The foster care system -- Chap. 8. Indigenous children -- Chap. 9. Legislative changes -- Appendix A. Submissions -- Appendix B. Hearings -- Appendix C. The data -- Appendix D. Recommendations from independent audit report -- Appendix E. Full list of CMC recommendations -- Glossary -- References
Summary This report assesses the quality of care provided to foster children at risk of abuse in Queensland and provides recommendations for systemic change. Responding to a series of published articles in 2003 on the possible abuse of foster children in Queensland, the Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) began 2 investigations, considered more than 200 submissions, and conducted 2 weeks of public hearings. As a result of the evidence that was gathered, the Commission concluded that the current child protection system has failed Queensland children in many important respects. Due to these investigative inquiries, the CMC was able to identify systemic failures within the child protection system which are identified in this report and make proposals for public sector reform, such as a whole-of-government response. The report is divided into nine chapters. Chapter 1 provides background information about the CMC's investigations and the inquiry and the current child protection system in Queensland. Chapter 2 reports on the CMC's Operation Zellow investigation in detail and the Commission's conclusions in respect of each of the nine flashpoints investigated. Chapter 3 relates some of the key themes and issues arising from the evidence before the public inquiry which include the needs of the children, workplace issues in the Department of Families, some specific foster care issues, enhancing accountability, protecting indigenous children, and effecting change. Chapters 4 through 9 contain the Commission's 110 recommendations for reform. The report concludes with a number of appendices containing relevant data arising from the CMC's inquiry processes, a list of the recommendations made, and a full list of the recommendations contained in this report. It is the expectation of the Commission that the adoption of the recommendations will offer a lasting benefit to the children of Queensland, especially those in foster care. To assess this, the Commission recommends the the Queensland Government review and report on the implementation of the report's recommendations in 2-years time
Analysis Queensland
Child abuse
Foster care
State welfare services
Aboriginal children
Committees and inquiries
Electronic resource
Related To Reforming child protection in Queensland : a review of the implementation of recommendations contained in the CMC's Protecting children report
Notes "January 2004"
Captured 14 January 2004
Bibliography Bibliography: pages 360-367
Notes Also available via the World Wide Web
In Parliamentary papers (Queensland. Parliament) Library No. A.75 2003
Subject Queensland. Dept of Child Safety
Children, Aboriginal Australian -- Institutional care -- Australia -- Queensland.
Child abuse -- Investigation -- Australia -- Queensland.
Child abuse -- Australia -- Queensland.
Aboriginal Australians -- Australia -- Queensland -- Government relations.
Child abuse -- Australia -- Queensland -- Prevention.
Foster home care -- Australia -- Queensland.
Juvenile detention homes -- Australia -- Queensland.
Children -- Institutional care -- Australia -- Queensland.
Child welfare -- Australia -- Queensland.
Author Butler, B. J. (Brendan John)
Queensland. Crime and Misconduct Commission.
LC no. 00002521
ISBN 1876986204