• 03 February 2017 1:19 PM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    Statute of Limitations in Child Sex Abuse Matters

    Tuesday 28 March 2017

    Registration: 5pm
    Presentations commence: 5.30pm
    Drinks & Networking to follow

    Chair: TBA

    Panel of Speakers:

    • Dr Ben Mathews
    • Professor, School of law
    • Queensland University of Technology 
    Cancellations non-refundable; substitute permitted.
  • 27 October 2016 4:07 PM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    QCAT hears reviews of decisions made under the Child Protection Act. In those hearings the panel of 3 members must be constituted with members having  extensive professional knowledge and experience of children as well as a demonstrated knowledge and experience in certain fields one of which is child protection.

    QCAT is seeking expressions of interest from non lawyers who hold such qualifications to be appointed as sessional members.

    Applications can be submitted via the QCAT website -

    Any enquiries can be emailed to Senior Member Kerrie O'Callaghan  - [email protected]

  • 27 January 2016 8:39 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    “Inaugural Children’s Health Queensland Child Protection Symposium” to be held on 18 & 19 FEBRUARY 2016 at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre.

    The CHQ Child Symposium is a two-day annual event which is aimed at enhancing professional relationships, and at developing and strengthening the Child Protection workforce.  It is hoped that interagency service delivery will also be enriched through the engagement of our partner agencies, including the Department of Child Safety and Disability Services, Queensland Health, the Queensland Police Service, Department of Education and Training, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services and non–government agencies, as well as experts in the fields of Human Services, Social Work, Ethics and Law.  

    For more information or for any further questions, please contact the Symposium Coordinator, Laura Koopmans, Ph 3068 5174

  • 22 October 2015 12:14 PM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    A study on child protection judgement and decision making.

    Researchers at the University of Queensland are seeking participants for research aimed at increasing our understanding of the process of judgement and decision making in child protection cases. The study aims to gather views on the factors that are important and prioritised in determining risk of harm to children.

    We would like to invite Child Protection Practitioners to participate, including practitioners from different disciplines (e.g. family support workers, case workers). At this time, we are not seeking Child Safety Officers or other staff/officers working within the Queensland Department of Communities, 
    or any other state or territory government child protection system, to participate as approval has not yet been given for their participation. Participation will involve anonymously completing an online survey of 30 minutes in length on average.

    Please use the link below to access an information sheet and the questionnaire:

    Please contact Carla Newcombe, principal researcher, on 0417 225 177 or [email protected] with any questions or concerns.

    Thank you for your contribution, it is greatly appreciated!

  • 21 July 2015 9:34 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    The ACCP is seeking study participants for research into what influences decision-making in relation to out-of-home care placements.

    The Australian Centre for Child Protection (ACCP) is conducting research investigating the factors that influence decision making about the placement of children in out of home care. The purpose of this research is to inform developments to policy and practice in the area that leads to safe and stable out of home placements for children.

    The ACCP are seeking child protection practitioners who are currently employed (or have been employed in the last 12 months) in Australia, in a role that involves making decisions about children when they enter out of home care. Participation will involve a telephone interview of around 1 hour in length.

    This research has been approved by the University of South Australia Human Research Ethics Committee.

    Please visit the ACCP website for more details.

  • 20 July 2015 8:43 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    It is with great sadness that CPPAQ acknowledges the recent passing of our newest Board Member Sue Diggles.
    Sue Diggles was a passionate and committed social worker who had worked in diverse roles in the child protection and education sectors for the past 23 years. A significant period of Sue’s career was spent as Senior Education Officer at Brisbane Catholic Education leading professional standards and student protection in education. She had recently left that role to make a return to direct client work at the Benevolent Society.
    CPPAQ was pleased when Sue agreed to join our board at the end of 2014.  The CPPAQ Board benefited from Sue’s vibrant enthusiasm and commitment to the improving outcomes for vulnerable children and young people.
    The child protection sector has lost a truly special individual who exemplified professional dedication, personal integrity and tenacity in the work Sue undertook in her various roles.

  • 22 June 2015 10:15 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    July 22-24, 2015, Brisbane, AWS2015 conference  

    For kids’ sake: alcohol & drug use & child safety!

    The issue of alcohol & drug use & child safety is one of great importance with a urgent need for us to focus on prevention, education and working together across sectors. In light of this child safety  is a key focus of this year’s Australian Winter School conference, a leading national drug and alcohol conference, organised by Lives Lived Well, a not for profit support organisation for people with drugs and alcohol problems.

    Presenting more than 60 speakers across 15 streams and 4 great workshops over three jam packed days from July 22-24, the AWS2015 conference explores a wide range of topics in the area of alcohol and other drugs.

    focus child safety presenting the stream: For kids’ sake: alcohol & drug use & child safety

    Alcohol or substance misuse is involved in about half the cases of child abuse or neglect reported in Australia. Misusing alcohol and drugs doesn’t make someone a bad parent but it can negatively affect a person’s ability to care for a child’s needs and wellbeing. It can also lead to greater harms such as emotional, physical or sexual abuse. All children have a right to grow up in a safe environment. While family support and child protection services play a significant role, they still cannot help all vulnerable children. A need for a more unified approach has been identified with better links to a range of community supports and services, especially those that address risk factors for abuse. This would help to avoid service duplication and allow for a sharing of planning, information and innovation. It would also allow for a greater focus on health promotion, early intervention and prevention and the involvement of other working professionals, families and the wider community. There have been some excellent working relationships taking place between AOD treatment services and Child Protection in supporting vulnerable children. Learn more as to what is being done and achieved. 

    This informative and thought provoking stream will include presentations on:

    ·         Reporting substance use during pregnancy to child protection services: Does it increase child safety? presented by Associate Professor Stephanie Taplin

    ·         The family environment & young people’s wellbeing & substance use: is it all bad news  presented by Caroline Salom

    ·         Child safety: creating service-wide impact in partnership presented by Christine Gibson, Australian Centre for Child Protection  

    Check out the program

    More information

  • 23 November 2014 2:51 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    The 14th Australasian Conference on Child Abuse and Neglect (ACCAN 2015) will be held in Auckland from 29 March to 1 April 2015. ACCAN 2015 is being organised by the Australian Institute of Criminology in partnership with the New Zealand Ministry of Social Development. 

    The over-arching theme is Cultural responsiveness in a multi-agency world which recognises the complexities of child abuse and neglect and the need to engage across sectors, agencies and professions to best prevent and address child maltreatment. 

    Information on the conference can be located via the Aust Institute of Criminology website or at

    Call for abstracts closes 7 November 2015.

    The conferences attract an interesting and multidisciplinary audience and speakers.

  • 01 July 2014 9:40 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

    Congratulations to CPPAQ Board Member Nigel Miller on his Churchill Fellowship

    CPPAQ Board Member Nigel Miller has been granted a prestigious Churchill Fellowship.

    Nigel will use his fellowship to explore the establishment of a child protection law specialist accreditation programme for lawyers in Queensland.

    He will visit the UK, USA, Canada and Switzerland as part of his research.

  • 01 July 2014 9:39 AM | Justine Johnston (Administrator)

     Office of Public Guardian

    The new Office of Public Guardian has commenced operation on 01 July 2013. CPPAQ Board Member Catherine Moynihan attended the Brisbane Hub Opening.

    The Public Guardian will take over the responsibilities of the Child Guardian and will oversee the Community Visitor program.

    On 29 May 2014 CPPAQ Board Member Catherine Moynihan attended a stakeholder consultation on the new office.

    Please find link a power point prepared by the Office of Public Guardian explaining their role.

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