Vulnerable children died at the rate of almost one per week over a twelve month period.

Tiahleigh Palmer, 12, was just one among 46 children known to the QLD Department of Child Safety Services who died between July 2015 and June 2016.

The 46 deaths made up one-eighth of all child deaths in the state.

Tiahleigh’s mother Cindy said she hopes the reviews of the deaths help to protect other children.

“On one hand I’m dealing with the loss of a child, on the other hand she’s creating all these changes to potentially save young children,” Ms Palmer told 9NEWS.

“We can only hope that these reports leading to something, so that that way we can save potentially other children.”

Children’s Commissioner Cheryl Vardon said the children in care may have been susceptible “because of their life circumstances, some of them from the time that they were born, and because of their increased vulnerability”.

Child Safety Minister Shannon Fentiman said the government could learn from the reviews to prevent further deaths.

“Any child death is one too many, and behind each of these panel reports is a grieving family, friends and neighbourhood,” she said.

“You’re more likely to die as a child in Queensland if you are in care, that is appalling,” LNP MP Ros Bates said.

A government taskforce has been created to overhaul the situation, and includes child safety advocate and Bravehearts founder Hetty Johnston.

“‘Whose radar were these children on, if any at all?’ I think that’s the sort of questions that need to be asked,” Ms Johnston told 9NEWS.

Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk said the courts would help deliver justice.

“I want to see justice just as much as every other Queenslander does and justice will be achieved through the courts,” she said.

These stats are horrifying! I hope some serious changes are put into place asap.

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  • this is sad. why do these kids get overlooked when they are the ones who need the help the most. The system needs to do more. Is it a matter of funding or better training needed?


  • This really shouldn’t happen in this day and age. Terrible statistics for an agency which has been set up to help children.


  • I imagine it is because there is a shortage of staff, not enough funding, Government cuts – all red tape and bureaucratic bullshit – that affects real people’s lives. No passing the buck. DOCS and the Government just need to take responsibility. The evidence is usually there, in hindsight, that more should have been done. Do it.


  • There is probably a serious shortage of staff to investigate the reports. I know a lady who worked in the same field in another state. She often investigated cases out of hours when she was supposed to have gone straight afterwards. She didn’t have use of a Govt. car a/h. either. Some parents won’t take their children to hospital after hours if they are ill enough to need to go. One child in particular was asthmatic and almost died on a few occasions. The lady called and cancelled a few outings with us and others because of investigating what she conidered to be extremely urgent, including some that weren’t in the area she was allocated.


  • I also pray and hope that some serious changes are made and things charge for the better and soon.


  • So sad that some children are taken off their parents in a supposed effort to protect them and they are put into much worse situations. It’s called care they are meant to be cared for. This is so sad. I understand there are plenty of instances where children need to be taken away from parents but what’s the point if they end up somewhere worse.


  • These statistics are very, very concerning.


  • dhs cps have never bothered to worry about the at risk kids near us, after 9 years and multiple reports they have only now started to look out for them. Too little too late


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