Commission’s Annual Report released
The Commission for Children and Young People and Child Guardian Annual Report 2010–11 describes our role and functions and details our performance, achievements, challenges and outcomes for the past financial year.
During 2010–11 we focused on improving safeguards and outcomes for children and young people while at the same time successfully implementing major process changes internally and creating greater efficiencies where we could.
The report shows that Commission staff have worked hard to deliver on our mandate of promoting and protecting the rights, interests and wellbeing of children and young people in Queensland.
Key achievements during 2010–2011 included:
- processing a record number of 298,750 blue card applications
- preventing 677 high risk individuals from working with children
- daily monitoring of over 500,000 blue card holders and applicants to ensure their continuing eligibility to work with children
- implementing, together with stakeholders, extensive legislative changes to streamline the blue card system for Queenslanders providing services to children and young people
- regularly visiting, reporting on, and advocating on behalf of more than 7,600 children and young people in foster homes and other kinds of out-of-home care including residential services, youth detention centres, and authorised mental health facilities, through the Community Visitor Program
- reporting on the views of children and young people in foster care which importantly highlighted that 97% of children and young people in foster care reported feeling loved and cared for by someone all or most of the time
- closing 4,699 serious or complex issues relating to the child safety and youth justice systems.
- providing secretariat support to the child death case review committee to undertake its reviews
- maintaining a child death information register which assists policy makers and researchers to access contemporary data and strengthen prevention initiatives
- developing and lodging submissions to improve policies, practices and services for children in Queensland.
The report demonstrates that the key statutory functions of the Commission to promote and advocate on the critical rights, interests, safety and wellbeing of children and young people in Queensland are being comprehensively and effectively fulfilled.
A copy of the report and highlights document can be viewed here.
September 29, 2011
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