The CDCRC is a multi-disciplinary committee made up of between five and seven members with expertise in fields including child health, forensic pathology, investigations and child protection.

The Acting Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian chairs the CDCRC.

Current membership of the CDCRC comprises:

Mr Steve Armitage

Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian
BSocWk (Hons)

Steve commenced as the Commissioner for Children and Young People and Child Guardian on 17 January 2014. Steve brings to his current role 15 years of experience in management roles in state government departments, delivering a range of major reforms in social policy areas impacting on children and young people.

In his former role as the Assistant Director-General of the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (DJAG), Steve provided strategic advice on implementation of aspects of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry and had overall responsibility and accountability for the youth justice program delivered by the department.

Prior to joining the Department of Justice and Attorney-General in June 2012, he was the Executive Director, Indigenous Education for five years and Executive Director, Strategic Implementation Branch for two years in the former Department of Education and Training. Steve has also held the positions of Deputy Director-General, Families and Executive Director, Youth Justice in the former Department of Families.

Steve is committed to improving the lives of vulnerable children and young people in Queensland.

Professor Anna Stewart

Professor Stewart is currently the Director of Justice Modelling at Griffith (JMAG) at Griffith University. From 2008 2010 she was the Head of the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice. In 2007-2008, she was the Deputy Dean (Learning and Teaching) in the Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences.

After graduating with her PhD from University of Queensland in 1994, Professor Stewart started work in the School of Criminology and Criminal Justice at Griffith University. The topic of her PhD thesis was An investigation of decision making by child protection workers. Her research now includes: examining the links between child protection, youth justice and the adult criminal justice system; system responses to youth offending and domestic violence; management of risk; diversionary responses; and system modelling.

A focus of Professor Stewart’s work is building the relevant partnerships to strengthen the integration of key research findings into legislative policy and practice development.

Dr Yvonne Darlington

Dr Darlington is a Senior Lecturer in the School of Social Work and Human Services at the University of Queensland. Her professional background is in social work, with extensive experience in the fields of mental health and family dispute resolution. She has practiced in Queensland and Victoria, in both metropolitan and rural locations.

Dr Darlington’s research is predominantly in the area of child and family welfare policy and practice. She has completed major projects on interagency collaboration between child protection and mental health services and on the involvement of parents in child protection decision-making.

Her current projects include an evaluation of early intervention services for children with a physical disability and an evaluation of behaviour support services for children in care.

Mr Charles Passi

Charles resides on Thursday Island, in the region of the Torres Strait.

Charles has extensive experience in the government and non-government sectors. He has held various management, project, training and research positions in organisations associated with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

Charles is actively involved in matters relating to Torres Strait Islander women and children and has affiliations with a number of organisations that represent these interests including:

  • Member of Indigenous Reference Group for the Centre for Family and Domestic Violence Research Queensland
  • Member of Thursday Island Community Justice Group
  • Member of Lena Passi Women’s Shelter Inc.
  • Member of Mura Kosker Sorority Inc., and
  • Member of Kaziw Asesered Le Inc.

Charles has also worked as an Office Manager and Court Support Worker for the Kaziw Asesered Le Association Inc., Thursday Island.

Charles is currently the chair of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Healing Foundation Ltd based in Canberra.

Mr Cameron Harsley

Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley is the Director of Child Safety for the Queensland Police Service. He also manages and leads the Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group in providing statewide, national and international responses to child protection related investigations and is responsible for overviewing all reportable child death investigations conducted by the Queensland Police Service.

Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley has over 20 years policing experience working predominantly in a variety of operational roles including as a general criminal and specialist child abuse investigator and as a police Suspected Child Abuse and Neglect (SCAN) Team representative. Since January 2006, he has performed a variety of management roles within the Child Safety and Sexual Crime Group and has been heavily involved in the implementation of child protection reforms from a whole-of-government and Queensland Police Service perspective since 2004.

Detective Superintendent Cameron Harsley worked within the Department of Child Safety during the reform (Protecting Children) period and has also worked within the Commission for Children Young People and Child Guardian on projects.

Ms Moira Bligh

Ms Bligh has worked extensively in policy and community engagement with a particular interest in Indigenous issues. Ms Bligh has held Management, Principal Project Officer and Program Coordinator positions within the Community and Personal Histories section and the Social Development Policy units of the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Development.

During her time working in government, Ms Bligh has been responsible for providing high level strategic advice to the Director-General on whole-of-government Indigenous Policy and Government Champion work. This has included: evaluating the department’s reconciliation strategy, implementation of the Office of Fair Tradings’ “Indigenous Fair Go” strategy, and developing and implementing a vision for the Department’s Indigenous Service Delivery.

Ms Bligh has received a number of awards for her work including for outstanding service to the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Policy and Development and outstanding achievement in the field of Indigenous reconciliation.

Ms Bligh is currently the Director, Binambi-Barambah Aboriginal Corporation Ltd and President of the Noonga Reconciliation Group.


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