Child protection errors found in 18 child deaths
AUTHORITIES failed to properly act in every child death examined by a damning Coroner's Court review into child protection, raising questions of how many could have been saved.
The failings have been laid bare in the Coroner's Court of Queensland's annual report, which found shortcomings by the department, police, health, education or non-government agencies in every one of 18 cases probed by its Domestic and Family Violence Death Review Unit.
"In all cases subject to a review by the unit there were shortcomings in the identification, assessment and response to risk indicators prior to the death by individual practitioners and agencies," the report said.
With the benefit of hindsight, multiple agencies had information that could have given a better picture of the risk a child was at and better informed interventions, it said.