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The Minister for Child Safety and Minister for Seniors and Disability Services, Craig Crawford, says he is deeply concerned by reports of alleged criminal behaviour, abuse and neglect in the residential care system, and he has ordered a wide-ranging review of the state’s residential care system.

Mr  Crawford said he has asked for a top-level review led by the Director-General and including experts, advocates and frontline workers to report back later in the year. ‘I will also be writing to Queensland Families and Children’s Commission (QFCC) Commissioner Luke Twyford seeking his oversight of the work and to report to me independently.

Children with complex needs

‘We are caring for children with complex needs, often with mental health issues and disabilities who come from trauma backgrounds.

‘We’re always open to new ideas and options.’

Mr Crawford says he has particularly asked for a focus on how children aged under 12, First Nations children, and disabled children are handled by the state’s residential care system.

‘This work is already underway and we want to work in partnership with Non-Government Organisations providing this care.

‘We have a lot of good people working hard to care for vulnerable children.

Encourage care workers to report criminal activity

‘I encourage any care worker who is worried to immediately report any criminal activity to Queensland Police Service.’

Anyone who is concerned about the level of care being provided they can speak to Child Safety Officers, regional contacts or write to the Director-General or Minister and any concerns will be thoroughly investigated.

‘Later this year I will hold a roundtable with key stakeholders – a mix of front line workers, providers and advocates – about the findings and to discuss any other further options that can be actioned.’

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