From 1 July 2016, the Office of the Child and Family Official Solicitor (OCFOS) commenced in the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and the Director Child Protection Litigation (DCPL) commenced as an independent statutory agency in the Department of Justice and Attorney-General. These court work and litigation reforms are intended to introduce quicker timeframes to resolve matters, improve consistency across Queensland, and support children, young people, parents and others to have a greater opportunity to present their views in court and to access legal representation. At this half-day workshop, OCFOS, DCPL and legal representatives will:
• Describe the reforms and their rationale; what the changes mean and why children, young people and parents will benefit, and the role and functions of OCFOS and DCPL
• Describe how children, young people and parents can be supported legally
• Discuss impacts for NGOs e.g. recordkeeping, affidavits, expert witnesses
• Workshop what’s working, and how to grow collaboration between non-government services and government to implement the reforms.
Who should attend: Managers, team leaders, Recognised Entity workers and other practitioners in NGOs that work with or support clients who are involved in court matters, are called to appear as witnesses, prepare affidavits or are creating client records that could be subpoenaed in child protection matters in the Childrens Court of Queensland.
View the flyer for more information and complete the registration form at http://peakcare.org.au//event/a-workshop-about-what-ocfos,-dcpl-and-child-protection-court-reforms-mean-for-ngos-that-work-with-children,-young-people,-parents,-family-members-and-carers-3342.html. Registrations close on 28 April 2017.