A child, being a person under 18 years of age, has an inherent right to be protected from harm. A child’s family is foremost responsible for the child’s upbringing, protection and development. If a child does not have a parent who is able and willing to offer that protection, the state will take on the responsibility of protecting that child.
The Child Protection Act 1999 (Qld) establishes a series of child protection systems such as providing preventative and support services to vulnerable families, reporting suspected child abuse and neglect, and ongoing assistance once a child has been deemed in need of protection.
Learn more about the role of the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs (Child Safety) in protecting children and young people in Queensland who have been harmed or are at risk of being harmed, neglected or sexually abused or exploited in our newly updated ‘Child Protection’ chapter in the Queensland Law Handbook. You will find an extensive overview of respective legislation, available support services, case plans, litigation and more.