In undertaking our work, we partner with organisations across the sector and indeed around the country through the COSS network. In relation to child and family services we work closely with the two peak bodies in Queensland – PeakCare Queensland Inc (PeakCare) and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) and acknowledge and recognise their expertise in matters of child protection.
In this regard, we provide only a high level submission to the Parliamentary Committee on the proposed Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill (the Bill). We support the submissions provided by PeakCare and QATSICPP and strongly encourage the Committee to consider favourably the views and approaches put forward by these two organisations.
QCOSS supports amending the paramount principle in the Act to refer to the safety, wellbeing and best interests of a child both through childhood and for the rest of the child’s life. This places the child at the centre of all decision making and embeds a long term approach to that decision making. Importantly that considers, not just the immediate impacts, but also any ongoing impacts throughout their life. As we know, the experiences and decisions made through early years and childhood can, and do, have significant impact on their wellbeing and consideration should always be given to the potential long term impacts.
Read the full submission here.