Vulnerable children and young people will be better supported and protected by the Queensland Government thanks to the launch of two new agencies.
The new Queensland Family and Child Commission, alongside the new Office of the Public Guardian will work to give youngsters a brighter future.
The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) was launched on Tuesday 1 July 2014 by Child Safety Minister, Tracy Davis. Led by Interim Principal Commissioner Stephen Armitage, the QFCC will have an important role to play in implementing major child protection reforms recommended in the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry and will seek to advise Government about how to create real intergenerational change for vulnerable Queensland families.
The new Office of the Public Guardian led by Kevin Martin also launched three new advocacy hubs, in South Brisbane, Ipswich and Townville as well as a state-wide virtual hub. These will provide a safe place for at-risk children and young people to access independent help and support.
The launch of both new agencies took place at the Office of the Public Guardian's South Brisbane advocacy hub and was also attended by Attorney-General and Minister for Justice Jarrod Blejiie.
Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis commented:
"The Government accepted the recommendations of the Child Protection Commission of Inquiry and has committed $406 million to implement the landmark reforms which will build a new child protection system.
"Our reforms are aimed at strengthening families and keeping them together through early intervention, but parents and community also need play their part to support at-risk families.
"We want stronger families and the new Family and Child Commission will have an important role to play as we implement the child protection reforms."
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