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PeakCare’s Election Video Series: Video Five

In this video, Minister Phil Reeves and Shadow Minister Tracy Davis discuss ways in which they would make sure we have a child protection workforce, within both the government and non-government sectors, with the right mix of qualifications, personal attributes, training, skills and experience.

Have you got a view about the matters they discussed?

If so, please feel free to enter your comments below or email your thoughts to PeakCare via election2012@peakcare.org.au

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

PeakCare Queensland  

PeakCare’s Election Video Series: Video 2

After watching Minister Phil Reeves and Shadow Minister Tracy Davis talking about ways in which they will reduce the over-reliance on tertiary child protection responses if elected to government, have you got a view about the matters they discussed?

If so, please feel free to enter your comments below or email your thoughts to PeakCare via election2012@peakcare.org.au

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

PeakCare Queensland  

PeakCare’s Election Video Series: Video One

After watching Minister Phil Reeves and Shadow Minister Tracy Davis talking about their long term vision for child protection in Queensland and their immediate plans and priorities if elected to government, have you got a view about the matters they discussed?

If so, please feel free to enter your comments below or email your thoughts to PeakCare via election2012@peakcare.org.au

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

PeakCare Queensland  

LNP Announces Youth Justice Initiatives

In a bid to “break the cycle of youth crime and detention”, the LNP has announced that they will:

  • deliver extra school and community-based police, and
  • allocate $2 million over two years to trial a Youth Boot Camp Diversion Program.

The LNP states that boosting the numbers of police in schools will “help prevent crime through the development of positive partnerships between police, students and the broader school community”.

Within three years, 50 schools will have school and community-based police.  An ‘Adopt a School’ program that connects local police and local schools will be established where there is no permanent school-based police officer.

The trial Youth Boot Camp Diversion Program will be introduced for young people convicted of offences who would otherwise be sentenced to detention.  The trial program will deliver structured training, mentoring and support for 80 young people.

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s youth justice initiatives, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

PeakCare Queensland

Labor announces more Early Years Centres

The Labor Party has announced that, if elected to government, they will:

  • continue to support existing Early Years Centres at Caboolture, North Gold Coast, Browns Plains and Cairns, and
  • allocate $27.54 million to establish and operate new centres in Townsville, Toowoomba, Whitsunday/Bowen and Cairns.

The Labor Party states that, in doubling the number of Early Years Centres from four to eight, this will enable “even more Queensland families to access childcare, education, health and parenting support in a single location”.

If you have a view or opinion about the Labor Party’s announcement of more Early Years Centres, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

PeakCare Queensland

Labor Responds to PeakCare Position Papers

On 8th March, PeakCare was pleased to receive a detailed written report from the Deputy Premier, Andrew Fraser MP responding to PeakCare’s ten Position Papers.

Click here to read more about PeakCare’s Position Papers.

Click here to read Labor’s response to the PeakCare Position Papers.

If you have a view or opinion about the Labor Party’s response to PeakCare’s Position Papers, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener

Executive Director

PeakCare Queensland

Support for Frontline Child Protection Workers

The LNP has announced that, if elected, they will “revitalise Queensland’s child protection system by supporting its frontline workers and engaging with the community sector in the delivery of services”.

LNP publications acknowledge that “Child Safety Officers work in a very difficult and highly sensitive environment and deserve support and recognition”.

A commitment is made by the LNP to “support front line child safety staff through improved career development options and working to reduce case loads”.

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s stated commitment to supporting frontline child protection workers, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

Telephone Support Line for Children in Regional Areas

The LNP has announced that, if elected, they would ensure that children from regional areas within Queensland have access to 24-hour a day counselling.

In keeping with this policy, the LNP would allocate $500,000 over four years for a telephone support line that could be accessed by these children.

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s planned telephone support line for children living in regional areas of the State, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

Education Programs to Assist Children to Learn How to Protect Themselves and Report Abuse

The LNP has announced that, if elected, they would allocate $1 million to the development and delivery of school education programs to “arm children with the knowledge to protect themselves and to report suspected abuse and sexual assault”.

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s planned education programs, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland

Counselling Services for Children who have Experienced Abuse and Sexual Assault

The LNP has announced that, if elected, they will boost counselling services available for children who have experienced abuse and sexual assault.

In keeping with this policy, $1 million would be allocated over four years to non-government counsellors to deliver these additional services.

If you have a view or opinion about the LNP’s commitment to boost counselling services for children who have experienced abuse and sexual assualt, please enter a comment below or email us at election2012@peakcare.org.au.

Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland