Last Updated 30 January 2017. This chapter is under review.
Child Protection Legislation – Concepts and Principles
Decision-making Powers Regarding Child Protection
Protection Decisions about Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Children
Reporting Concerns about Child Abuse or Neglect
Investigation and Assessment of Reported Child Abuse or Neglect
Out-of-home Care for a Child during an Investigation
Gaining Contact with a Child in Need of Protection
Family Support Services
The Protection of Unborn Children
Child Protection Intervention without Parental Agreement
A Child in Need of Protection
Child Protection Order
Court Proceedings in Child Protection Matters
Extension, Variation and Revocation of Child Protection Orders
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
Children, people under 18 years of age, have a right to be protected from harm, with families recognised as having the primary responsibility for their 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 their protection to the extent that families cannot, will not, or do not fulfil their primary responsibility. Child protection is public law.
The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (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 from abuse and neglect.
Child Safety also works in partnership with other Queensland Government departments, police, non-government organisations and the broader community to deliver child protection services.