Office of the Public Guardian for Children and Young People
The Public Guardian administers the Community Visitor Program for Children and Young people which plays an important role in supporting children and young people in the child protection system. Child visitors are available whenever a child or young person needs their help, support and advice; this could be about their care arrangements, their rights or simply matters that are concerning them.
The Public Guardian has child advocates who protect the rights of children and young people in the child protection system, particularly in a legal context.
A child advocacy officer can:
- ensure their views are heard and taken into consideration when decisions are made that affect their care arrangements such as family group meetings, court hearings and tribunals
- provide support in court conferences and organise legal and other representation
- apply to the tribunal or court about changes to a placement, a contact decision or a change to a child protection order.
For more information about the Public Guardian please visit our website at www.publicguardian.qld.gov.au