Coalition to Address Systemic Failure in Child Safety

Submitted by Legislation Lisa on Tue, 31/07/2007 - 08:41


Nearly two years after Queensland going to the polls on the basis that the Premier wanted to fix Queensland’s failed child safety system a Child Death Safety Review Committee Report has produced a scathing analysis of the Department.

The Report identified around half of the child death cases involving the Department of Child Safety were not actually reported to a special review committee within
the legislated six-month time frame.


The Report also identified problems relating to the quality of risk assessments, record keeping and inter-agency cooperation. In fact, in July 2005 the Department of Child Safety was forced to admit over 30% of the
children in care who had suffered abuse, were abused
again within 12 months, the worst result in all of Australia.




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