The Liberal National Party took action to amend the Child Protection Act to make reporting obligations for the Early Childhood Education and Care sector mandatory.
Labor sat on its hands ignoring important recommendations of the Law Reform Commission to change child protection laws to include child care workers as mandatory reporters of suspected abuse.
Under previous laws early child care workers were not required to report suspected abuse.
In government, the LNP requested the Queensland Law Reform Commission review child protection mandatory reporting laws for the early childhood education and care sector.
The overwhelming majority of submissions received by the Commission supported extending the mandatory reporting obligation under the Act to apply to the early childhood education and care sector.
The Commission’s report was presented to the Palaszczuk Labor Government in December 2015.
Delivering from Opposition
Queensland’s youngest and most vulnerable children will be better protected after the LNP Opposition successfully passed laws which make it mandatory for early childhood workers to report suspected cases of child abuse.
Our policies and initiatives, like mandatory reporting for early childhood workers of suspect child abuse, are helping to provide safe and liveable communities across Queensland.
The passing of the Child Protection (Mandatory Reporting – Mason’s Law) Amendment Bill 2016 will extend mandatory reporting obligations to include workers in early childhood education and care, bringing Queensland in line with other States and territories.
Mandatory reporting laws are an important part of the Queensland child protection system and are critical in detecting serious cases of child abuse that might otherwise go unnoticed.
These laws would never have come about without a long-running and dedicated campaign by John and Sue Sandeman, whose toddler grandson Mason Parker was tragically murdered in 2011.
The laws will empower dedicated workers in our childcare centres to speak up for the children entrusted to them each day.
- More than 28,000 children under 5 are in childcare across Queensland
- The LNP’s Mason’s Law will come into effect on 1 July 2017
- Early childcare educators and supervisors will now be compelled by law to report suspected cases of child abuse