The Child Safety Unit's role is to:
•Provide the Director-General with strategic advice on child safety issues as they impact on the Department
•Contribute to whole-of-government and whole-of-system promotion of child safety
•Work with other government departments to implement the CMC recommendations and child safety reforms
•Support the delivery of child protections in partnership with key agencies, particularly the non-government sector and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities
•Increase awareness within the Department of the rights of children and their needs within the criminal justice system
•Develop a framework for the Department's responses to child safety issues
•Liaise with Queensland Police Service (QPS) to monitor the Child Protection Offender Register
•The Unit will achieve this by encouraging a collaborative approach across the Department, and by partnering with other government departments involved in child safety.
•What does it mean for Queensland Corrective Services staff?
•Amendments to the Child Protection Act allow for:
◦the sharing of information amongst parties involved in case planning for purposes directly related to a child's welfare or protection
◦mandatory reporting for registered nurses; and
◦Department of Child Safety may request QCS provide a service to a member of the child's family, to help meet the child's protection and care needs.