Bravehearts welcomes Queensland child protection reform
LEADING child safety organisation Bravehearts has welcomed new legislation which will see a suite of child-protection reforms rolled out across the state.
Three new pieces of legislation passed through State Parliament this week allowing the changes to take effect.
Recommendations made at the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry last year form the basis of the new reforms.
The changes will see a new entity, the Queensland Family and Child Commission, established which will be tasked with overseeing child protection systems and aligning the state with other jurisdictions.
The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian will be scrapped.
It will be replaced with an independent statutory body which will provide individual advocacy for children in the child protection system and will have the right to administer a child-visiting program and appear in legal proceedings.
Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston said on Wednesday it was the proposed improvements to the Children's Court which were of significant note.
"The court system is the biggest threat to children these days," she said.
"Especially in relation to child sexual abuse and assault.
"Including the Children's Court in these reforms is a critical step forward.
"This is about Queensland growing up and everyone working together to achieve the same outcome for children."
Attorney-General Jarrod Bleijie said the commission's recommendations would be used as a road map to build an effective and sustainable child protection system over the next decade.
"For many years there has been a widespread perception that the current system was failing vulnerable children and that is why we undertook a full inquiry," he said.
"Our focus is to make it easier for families to get the support they need so that, wherever possible, children can remain at home."