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Playing it safe? Opportunity is knocking!

Published online by Cambridge University Press:  11 February 2014

Chris-Maree Sultmann*
Encompass Family and Community, Camp Hill, Queensland, Australia
address for correspondence: Chris-Maree Sultmann, Encompass Family and Community, 11 Brown Street, Camp Hill, Queensland, 4152, Australia. E-mail:


Has child protection in Queensland suffered from a risk-averse approach? The recent Child Protection Commission of Inquiry found that a risk-averse culture was one contributing factor to systemic failure in the State’s child protection system. Somewhat paradoxically, such an approach to child protection work can bring its own risks for children and young people. This commentary considers this and asks us to consider what a less risk-averse approach might look like in practice.

Copyright © The Authors 2014 

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