About the

White Kite Drawing

Child Protection Practitioners Association of Queensland (CPPAQ)

Since 2010, we have been working to improve professional collaboration and raise the profile of child protection law

CPPAQ is committed to a child protection sector that

  • Honours the Charter of Rights for children in care
  • Recognises that the decisions made during litigation fundamentally affect the basic human right of a child or young person to live with his or her family
  • Acknowledges that families have primary responsibility for the upbringing, protection and development of their children
  • Acknowledges that the State has responsibility for the protection of children and young people where it is not possible for families to do so, and that this responsibility should be ercised in the least intrusive way possible in the circumstances
  • Ensures that decisions and actions are guided by the best interests of the child or young person involved
  • Gives effect to the rights of children, young people, their families and their carers to be kept informed of and participate in decisions that affect them, and to have their views considered in decision making
  • Is open, fair, and respects the rights of the people who are affected by decisions
  • Acknowledges and respects the importance of family and cultural ties, and gives proper consideration to placing children and young people with kin
  • Respects the distinct roles of the different professionals involved, while promoting collaboration and a focus on the best interests of the child or young person
  • Works to minimise the impact of systems abuse on children, young people and their families

Flying a kite is a study in patience, skill, teamwork and battling the elements. It can also be an uplifting and joyful experience. We chose this symbol for the Association because it is instantly recognisable to children and young people.

For those of us working as professionals in child protection, it is a symbol of opportunity and a metaphor for good practice.

CPPAQ's Priorities

  • Enhance collaborative professional relationships and practice in the child protection and legal system through networking and information sharing.
  • Support multidisciplinary professional development relevant to child protection law, policy and practice.
  • Encourage the involvement of highly skilled and specialist practitioners in child protection work.
  • Promote awareness and use of high quality research across all disciplines in the child protection system.
  • Lobby for the establishment and adequate funding of legal mechanisms to enable all children, young people and their families to have access to justice.
  • Advocate for systemic improvement in child protection law, policy and practice.

The Association is strongly supportive of the decision to publish decisions of the Childrens Court of Queensland on the Supreme Court of Queensland Library's website: www.sclqld.org.au/qchc/


Margie Kruger

Margie Kruger is a Partner at Ryan Kruger Lawyers and practises in the area of family law and child protection law.  Ryan Kruger Lawyers was named in the 2014 Doyle's Guide as a Leading Family Law Firm in Queensland and Margie was also recognised as a recommended Queensland Family Lawyer.  Prior to commencing practice as a lawyer in 2000, Margie was a social worker with Child Safety and worked in various roles including assessing notifications of harm, policy advisor and senior advisor in child protection in the court division of the department.  Ms Kruger is a member of the Queensland Law Society Family Law Committee.  Ms Kruger is appointed to the Legal Aid Qld Panel of Independent Children Lawyers and Separate Representatives. Ms Kruger recently has been appointed as a member of the Child Death Case Review Panel.

Catherine Moynihan

Catherine Moynihan is the Director of Legal Services and Official Solicitor in the Office of the Public Guardian. She has 20 years of experience of working with children and young people and their legal issues since 1997 including as a lawyer for a Local Authority, the Department equivalent in the UK, in a community legal centre and at Legal Aid Queensland.  As a policy officer in the Queensland Department of Premier and Cabinet, she also worked on the legislative reforms to child protection legislation that came out of Queensland's 2004 CMC Inquiry into Abuse in Foster Care. She is a Churchill Fellow completing a study tour on advocacy and legal representation for children and young people in care, which took her to the UK and US.

Prof. Clare Tilbury

Clare Tilbury has over 30 years' experience as a social work practitioner including working in a positions involving direct practice with children, young people and families. She also has extensive experience as a researcher and educator, stakeholder advocate and in policy and program development/implementation, research in government and university settings and management. Clare's current position is the Life Without Barriers Carol Peltola Research Chair at the School of Human Services and Social Work, Griffith University.  The focus of her research is on the quality and outcomes of child and family services, utilising performance measurement and mixed-method approaches to investigate the effectiveness of child protection systems, strategies and services.

Leanne Scoines

Leanne is a solicitor and social worker with over twenty five years' child protection experience working with vulnerable children and their families and has experience in the areas of family law and domestic violence. In 2008 Leanne received the Queensland Commission for Children and Young People Child Protection Week Professional Services Award for outstanding contribution to child protection practice in Queensland. Leanne has a strong commitment to social justice and ensuring that the most vulnerable members of the community have access to advocacy. Leanne has worked as Senior Lawyer at the Director Child Protection Litigation, Qld. Leanne is currently the Managing Lawyer at knowmore legal service Brisbane which offers assistance in relation to The Royal Commission Into Institution Responses to Child Sexual Abuse providing legal advice about the Royal Commission, its legal powers and procedures and a range of other legal issues, including compensation or other forms of redress and confidentially agreements.

Dr Meegan Crawford

Meegan Crawford is a social worker with over 25 years experience in direct practice, policy, program design and training roles. Currently the Manager of the Quality Practice Team within the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services' Practice Leadership Unit, Meegan is also an adjunct lecturer at Griffith University where she teaches in the Working with Family Violence course. Meegan has a strong interest in adult and well being outcomes and has experience researching the role of carers and caseworkers in the career development process of young people in care.

Debbie Jones

Debbie Jones has worked in the Queensland Public Service for over twenty years, undertaking a variety of roles including policy development, project management, service delivery, management and staff development/capacity building. Debbie has a strong social justice background, including roles in prosecutions, corrections, and police.  Throughout her career, she has focussed on the needs and issues of vulnerable people including victims of crime, children in the youth justice and child protection systems, and Indigenous people, particularly Indigenous homelessness and suicide. Debbie has been involved in developing and delivering QPS responses to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, the Royal Commission into Institutional Responses to Child Sexual Abuse, and the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry.  She has driven significant cultural change within the child harm investigation field, and has represented the QPS at national forums relating to child harm and technology facilitated child sexual abuse. Debbie is currently managing the implementation of recommendations from the Queensland Organised Crime Commission of Inquiry, with a particular focus on the 'blitz' on offenders sharing child exploitation material on peer to peer platforms. Debbie is committed to developing and delivering evidence-based policy in the field of policing responses to children and young people.  She has developed ties to the Griffith University School of Criminology and continues to support the supervision of students on professional placement within the QPS Child Safety & Sexual Crime Group.

CPPAQ's Supporters

• Founding Members
• Bruce Doyle
• Murray Green
• Dr Scott Harden
• Gordon Harris
• Kendall Hawdon
• Robin Slade Jones
• Kathryn McMillan SC
• Nigel Miller
• Lisa O'Neill
• Dr Jillian Spencer
• Dr Stephen Stathis

CPPAQ's Supporters

  • Grant Thornton provides us with the venue for our Practice Paper Series and catering for these events.
  • Ryan Kruger Lawyers provides us with the venue for our Director's Meetings and Annual General Meeting. They have also provided us with administrative support for our events.
  • McCullough Robertson Lawyers provides us with legal advice.
  • Pilot Partners provides auditing services.
  • Penny Gordon & Associates provides facilitation services for our Annual Board Strategic Planning Day.