Children in state care allegedly medicated as punishment, Queensland's public guardian finds

Queensland children in residential care are being given medication to control their behaviour, without appropriate diagnosis and parental consent, the state's Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) says.

It has raised concerns a medication being used to chemically restrain children had serious side-effects and was being administered without consent of a parent or guardian.

The Public Guardian, a state body responsible for protecting kids in out-of-home care, raised the concerns in its submission to a review of child protection legislation.

The submission outlines how medication that should be used to treat a condition or illness is being administered to punish children.

Furthermore, the submission said it may have significant implications on their development.

Youth Affairs Network Queensland director Siyavash Doostkhah said the information was unsurprising.

He said they had provided the information to the Public Guardian, as well as other people, over the past 10 to 15 years.

"It makes some headlines, the ministers and departments talk about having to respond it," he said.

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