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
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
Rayleigh Joy is a social worker with over 25years experience in both Government and non-government roles as well as private practice; working therapeutically in areas of trauma, attachment, mental health, domestic and family violence and mediation including the provision of specialist assessments and reports. Rayleigh is currently senior team leader with Practice Advice and Support, Department Child Safety, Youth and Women. Rayleigh has a strong commitment to supporting systemic practice, criticality and social justice.
Melissa Wilson is currently the Manager of Policy and Programs within the Courts Innovation Program in the Magistrates Court Service. Melissa's substantive position is the Principal Lawyer of the Children and Young People team with the Office of the Public Guardian. Melissa has a strong interest in social justice and therapeutic jurisprudence.
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.
Angelica Monardez was admitted to the Supreme Court as a Legal Practitioner in 2007, and has over 12 years experience as a child protection practitioner. Currently Ms Monardez is a Principal Lawyer with the Director of Child Protection Litigation (DCPL) within the Department of Justice and Attorney General. Prior to her role with DCPL, Ms Monardez worked for Crown Law in the Mackenzie Parslow Chambers and practiced in the areas of Family Law/Child Protection, Hague Convention Matters and Dangerous Prisoners. Ms Monardez commenced in the area of child protection as a Court Coordinator with Department of Child Safety (as it was known then) and following as a Court Services Advisor with the Court Services Unit of the Department. Ms Monardez is member of the Legal Aid Separate Representative panel and has also worked with Legal Aid Queensland as a Separate Representative and parent representative in child protection matters.
Professor James Scott is the Head of the Mental Health Research Programme at the QIMR Berghofer Medical Research Institute and a practising Child and Adolescent Psychiatrist at the Metro North Mental Health Service. James is a National Health and Medical Research Council Clinical Practitioner Fellow has worked extensively in child and youth mental health community and inpatient services, is chair of the binational RANZCP Youth Special Interest Group and editor of the Journal Social Psychiatry and Psychiatric Epidemiology. He has co-authored over 180 peer publications, many in leading international journals and is an investigator and collaborator on local as well as global research projects.
Kate holds a Master of Laws, Juris Doctor and Bachelor of Commerce. She is a Solicitor, Collaborative Lawyer, Family Dispute Resolution Practitioner and Nationally Accredited Mediator, with extensive experience in the areas of Child Protection, Domestic Violence and Family Law. Kate is a Legal Practitioner at the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Legal Service in Brisbane, specialising in Child Protection matters. She is a currently the Deputy Chair of the QLS Children’s Law Committee and is a strong advocate for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander clients and their children who are overrepresented in the child protection system.
Barb Power has over 25 years’ experience in child protection in both the statutory and non-statutory sectors. Barb’s roles have included Child Sexual Assault Counsellor, Senior Practitioner, Regional Manager in the former Queensland Commission for Children and Young People and Senior Manager Out of Home Care. Barb’s present role is Child Safe Principal Practitioner leading Institutional Child Safeguarding for UnitingCare in Queensland across all services, including child and family wellbeing, disabilities services, hospitals and health, residential and community aged care, and Lifeline incorporating counselling and retail services. Barb’s passion is social justice and the philosophy of childhood as a human right
• 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