Queensland Government-run Institutions
Seclusion Books are records that were kept in Queensland government-run institutions. When children were placed in seclusion, staff for each shift would report on the child. The reports include the name of the child, the room they were in, and the reason for seclusion. Each report was signed and witnessed.
Although the files are confidential and access is therefore restricted, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services supports the rights of former residents to obtain information about themselves.
The Department is aware that former residents often want the records of their family member and/or other people. This information is often sensitive and personal in nature. To safeguard the rights of privacy, clients are unable to obtain information about other people, including other family members, without the authority of the person/people concerned. This protects the right to privacy of all individuals, as personal information on other people will be given out only with their permission.
Sources used to compile this entry: Department of Families, Missing pieces: information to assist former residents of children's institutions to access records, State of Queensland, 2001.
Prepared by: Lee Butterworth
Created: 7 February 2012, Last modified: 29 May 2014