In brief – important development in Queensland’s child protection laws will take effect in term three.
Recently, the Queensland Government, through the Criminal Code (Child Sexual Offences Reform) and Other Legislation Amendment Act 2020 (Qld) (Amendment Act), has made several key amendments to the Queensland Criminal Code to provide greater protection to children from sexual abuse.
In particular, the Amendment Act will, from 5 July 2021:
- make it an offence for any adult not to report a belief of sexual offending against a child by another adult to police; and
- create an offence of failure to protect a child from child sexual offences which occur in an institutional context.