For release: Monday, 16th December, 2013

The Australian Christian Lobby (ACL) has today congratulated the Queensland government for its decision to implement most of the 121 recommendations made by the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, strengthening the state’s child protection system.

ACL’s Queensland Director Wendy Francis says such government intervention is a necessary step in ensuring full protection of children at risk of significant physical and mental harm.

“What we’ve seen today is a win for children right across our state. The government’s decision to accept the recommendations means the safety and wellbeing of our most vulnerable children will be upheld.

“In particular, ACL welcomes the backing of the adoption of children from troubled homes, particularly those aged under three years,” Ms Francis said.

ACL has long advocated for the welfare and protection of children across the country.

In 2011, ACL commissioned the For Kids’ Sake report, which tracked the deterioration in the wellbeing of many children and young people – especially adolescent girls – in Australia over the last ten to 15 years, and examined the extent to which this is the result of the increasing fragility of Australia’s family life.