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Laws that provide greater certainty and safety for abused children

Eligibility - Queensland residents

Principal Petitioner:

Jay Whatley
GPO Box 997
BRISBANE QLD 4001

Total Signatures - 1200

Sponsoring Member: Ros Bates MP

Posting Date: 15/02/2017

Closing Date: 30/05/2017

Tabled Date: 13/06/2017

Responded By: Hon Shannon Fentiman MP on 5/09/2017

TO: The Honourable the Speaker and Members of the Legislative Assembly of Queensland

Queensland residents draws to the attention of the House the growing number of children in foster and residential care who will never be able to be reunified with their biological parents because they are unable to care for them.

 

Your petitioners, therefore, request the House to introduce:

 

a) laws that provide greater certainty and safety for abused children whilst requiring parents to address their abusive behaviours so they can resume caring for their child; and

 

(b) if parents are unable or unwilling to make the necessary life changes within a set timeframe of between 12 months and two years, laws should allow the Government make permanency orders for children that offer a stable, loving and safe home to grow up in; and

 

(c) consider similar laws that have been introduced in New South Wales and Victoria that offer permanency and stability for abused children.