OPG community visitors (CVs) are there to help you if you are a child or young person in the child protection system across Queensland. This includes those in out-of-home care, such as a foster home, the home of a kinship carer, a residential care facility, a youth detention or adult correctional centre, disability service or mental health facility. They are independent, which means they are not from any government department or community organisation. They make sure that the concerns, views and wishes of children and young people are listened to and seriously considered.
What can a CV do to help me?
We will listen to your views and wishes, and help you speak to your child safety officer about what they are, or we can speak to your child safety officer on your behalf.
We can help you with contact with your family, siblings or child safety officer.
We can assist you to have a say in what is involved in your case plans, particularly in relation to your education, healthcare and counselling plans.
We can refer you to an OPG child advocate for legal issues and concerns you have.
A CV may use the information you provide them to advocate on your behalf, including passing information on to people who may be able to take action in relation to any concerns you raise.
If you disclose information about abuse or a threat to yourself or another child, a CV is legally required to pass that information on to relevant authorities, such as the police and child safety officers to ensure your safety and wellbeing.