The Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) conducted a public inquiry into abuse of children in foster care in August 2003. The CMC invited members of the community, professionals and community groups to prepare written submissions for the Inquiry and called public hearings that commenced on 8 October 2003.
The State Government and the Department of Families, responsible for child protection in Queensland at that time fully supported these activities.
The January 2004 Crime and Misconduct Commission (CMC) report, Protecting children: an inquiry into abuse of children in foster care, was the result of a comprehensive inquiry into the foster care system in Queensland.
The report contains 110 recommendations for reform, including the call for a new government department - the Department of Child Safety - dedicated exclusively to protecting the rights of Queensland children, particularly those in foster care.
A 19-page report summary is also available, which summarises the findings of the inquiry and lists the recommendations.
An investigation into the adequacy of the actions of certain government agencies in relation to the safety, well being and care of the late baby Kate, who died aged ten weeks.