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Abuse of children in foster care

In 2003, the CMC concluded a public inquiry into the abuse of foster children in Queensland. Our report, which was published in January 2004, included 110 recommendations for reform of the state's foster care system.

In particular, we called for:

  • the establishment of a new Department of Child Safety dedicated exclusively to the protection of children in care
  • acceptance by government of a multi-agency approach to protecting children.

In January 2006, the Queensland Government released a report showing that  89 of our 110 recommendations for reforming the state's child protection system had been implemented, and significant progress had been made on implementing the remaining 21.

We conducted review of action taken by December 2006 to implement our initial recommendations. The review indicated that while progress had been commendable, more work still needed to be done to keep pace with community expectations of how Queensland’s  child protection system should operate.

Related documents and links

Report

Protecting Children: an inquiry into abuse of children in foster care (PDF, 2.6 MB)

Protecting Children: report summary (PDF, 600 KB)

Government response

Progress in reforming the Queensland child protection system (PDF 760 KB)

Fact sheet about Progress in reforming the Queensland child protection system (PDF 50 KB)

CMC review of implementation

Reforming child protection in Queensland (PDF, 330 KB)
Last updated: 30 January 2013

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