Queensland Government-run Institutions
Treatment/Injuries Books are records that were kept in Queensland government-run institutions. At the end of each shift, staff would record information in these books about each child in a section, including medical issues and medication, and a brief description of their behaviour and activities during that shift.
Although the files are confidential and access is therefore restricted, Department of Justice and Attorney General and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services support the rights of former residents to obtain information about themselves.
The Departments are 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