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New student protection advisors appointed Posted: Friday 11 March 2016

The Department of Education and Training (DET) recently appointed a principal advisor student protection to each education region in Queensland.

These positions support schools to respond to student protection matters by providing a single point of contact for support and advice for principals, school leaders and regional staff.

They will ensure that student protection matters are dealt with effectively and efficiently, and students and families receive appropriate levels of support when they require it.

Find out more about two of DET’s new student protection advisors below.

Deanna Church, Principal Advisor Student Protection, Darling Downs/South West Region

Deanna has worked extensively in the Darling Downs and South West Queensland regions. With more than 20 years’ experience in the education and child protection fields, Deanna has worked as a classroom teacher, reading recovery teacher, early childhood teacher, senior teacher, child safety officer and senior team leader. These roles have provided her with a unique perspective on the complexities facing schools as they deal with student protection matters. 

For the last five years, Deanna has been a senior team leader with the South West Regional Intake Service, Child Safety Services.  In this role she had close involvement with the broader Stronger Families reform agenda and local initiatives to enhance the secondary support service sector and inter-agency coordination.  Deanna has a passion for child protection and is energised by the current opportunities to shape frameworks, cultures and practices in the best interests of vulnerable children and families.

Debbie Webb, Principal Advisor, Student Protection, Central Queensland Region

Debbie began her career in education in the Northern Territory 20 years ago, and brings to the role extensive theoretical and practical experience in supporting students with complex and challenging needs.

In recent years, Debbie has held a number of training and leadership roles within the Department of Education and Training in Central Queensland. She has a strong record of successfully working with a variety of stakeholders, providing professional expertise, leadership and support in the development and implementation of plans, policies, and procedures to assist students in achieving positive educational and lifelong learning outcomes.


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