The Queensland Sentencing Advisory Council has been asked to review the penalties imposed on sentence for criminal offences arising from the death of a child (child homicide). The Council has been asked to consider and analyse current penalties imposed in Queensland, determine whether penalties adequately reflect the particular vulnerabilities of children, identify trends and anomalies in sentencing, examine the approach in other Australian jurisdictions and to consult with the community and key stakeholders.
The release of this paper marks the next stage of the review’s consultation process and will assist discussion about sentencing for child homicide offences. The Council will use the results of these consultations to inform its advice to the Attorney-General, to be provided by 31 October 2018.
This paper briefly describes the context of the review, and provides information about child homicide and relevant offences in Queensland. It includes a series of questions which form the basis of consultation. The paper contains:
an overview of child homicide offences in Queensland, including sentencing data from the past 12 years
a discussion of the sentencing purposes and factors applied by Queensland courts and whether they are adequate for sentencing child homicide offenders
an examination of the sentencing challenges associated with child homicide.