Child Protection

Paul McConville
Phone: (028) 9052 0729
Secretary Phone: (028) 9052 0728

Key areas of responsibility include:

  • professional responsibility for providing input to policy development with regard to:
    • child protection and children's evidence issues;
    • domestic violence and sexual violence issues;
    • child and adolescent mental health services;
    • matrimonial issues, private law, mediation and parental contact;
    • family group conferencing; and
    • schemes for the delegation of statutory functions;
  • providing preliminary professional assessment of referrals to the statutory list in relation to Protection of Children (POC);
  • screening assessment of need for and securing access to secure accommodation in particular for children aged under 13 years;
  • providing professional input, as required, into the evaluation of:
    • case management reviews;
    • serious adverse incidents (children); and
    • business cases;
  • supporting development of the Department’s Family and Child Care Strategy.
  • professional advice in relation to child protection and related issues to other Policy Branches, other Government Departments, Agencies, statutory, voluntary, private and community sector organisations, where appropriate; and
  • representing the OSS in a number of DHSSPS and external groupings relevant to the above areas of work.
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