Last Updated 12 July 2022
Child Protection Legislation
Family Support Services
Principles for the Administration of the Child Protection Act
Reporting Concerns about Child Abuse or Neglect
Investigation and Assessment of Reported Child Abuse or Neglect
A Child in Need of Protection
Child Protection Order Referred to the Director of Child Protection Litigation
Role of the Director of Child Protection Litigation
Making a Child Protection Order
Case Plans for Children in Need of Protection
Reviewing a Child Safety Decision
Interface of the Child Protection Act and the Family Law Act
Foster Carers and Other Care Providers
A child, being a person under 18 years of age, has a right to be protected from harm, and a child’s family has the primary responsibility for the child’s upbringing, protection and development. If a child does not have a parent who is able and willing to protect them, the state is responsible for protecting the child.
The Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs (Child Safety) is the lead state government agency responsible for protecting Queensland’s children and young people who have been harmed, or are at risk of being harmed by physical, psychological or emotional abuse or neglect, or sexual abuse or exploitation.
Child Safety works in partnership with other Queensland Government departments, police, non-government organisations and the broader community to deliver child protection services.