Child protection

Disadvantaged Queenslanders are more likely to come into contact with the child protection system, which in turn places them at greater risk of intergenerational poverty and abuse. The task for policy makers in this area is to break that cycle. The stress induced by poverty, past abuse, neglect and substance abuse needs to be addressed early to avoid the need for costly and difficult crisis responses and the repetition of abuse and neglect in following generations. It is widely accepted that prevention and early intervention strategies are far more effective and economically viable than strategies introduced at the tertiary end of the child wellbeing continuum

QCOSS urges decision-makers to ensure investment in this area is targeted to support families and prevent or lessen the effects of harm or crisis on disadvantaged Queenslanders, particularly those currently in or at risk of entering the child safety system. QCOSS works with colleagues such as Peak Care and the Commission for Children and Young People in providing a voice on behalf of vulnerable young Queenslanders.

Media Release The community to benefit from new approach
Published: Dec 2013
Welcome news for the community as the government adopts the prevention and early intervention approach for child safety recommended by Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
Submission Submission to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry: Response to discussion paper
Published: Apr 2013
This submission provides responses to key questions raised in the Commission's Discussion Paper, released in February 2013.
Submission Submission to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry
Published: Oct 2012
The child protection system must be redesigned to place greater emphasis on prevention and early intervention. Rebalancing investment towards prevention and early intervention is critical to achieve positive outcomes for children and families. Realigning services to focus on improving outcomes for vulnerable families and children must include interventions aimed at addressing core social determinants, such as education, employment and housing. This will have positive long-term impacts on workforce participation and economic productivity, reduce the incidence of child abuse and neglect and reduce the cost of child protection. It will also reduce associated health and criminal justice systems costs.
Published: May 2011
The Combined Voices campaign is a response to the poor outcomes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children continue to experience in terms of their safety, education and health. QCOSS has combined with Indigenous and non-Indigenous peak bodies, representative groups and individuals to voice their concerns and strive to ensure that all children are safe, well and able to achieve their potential in Queensland. For more information visit the campaign website -
Policy Paper Child Protection
Published: Nov 2009
This paper outlines QCOSS' position in relation to the protection of children and families in Queensland including the key issues and recommendations for action to better address the needs of Queenslanders.
Report Cost Effectiveness of Early Intervention Programs for Queensland.
Published: Nov 2007
This paper reviews the research (including cost-benefit analyses where possible) of early intervention programs and early intervention service systems. The report was prepared for QCOSS by the Social Policy Research Centre, UNSW.
Submission August 2006, Prevention and Early Intervention: A Ten Year Plan.
Published: Aug 2006
In this submission QCOSS proposes long term social and economic investment in prevention and early intervention and explores the service development priorities required to achieve effective prevention and early intervention.