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Mr Darren Hegarty

Darren Hegarty is the Assistant Chief Operating Officer and the Youth Justice representative on the Board.

Mr Hegarty has led a number of positive and significant reforms for children and young people in both the youth justice and child protection systems. These include the Youth Justice Strategy and Action Plans, Out of Home Care Reinvestment program, including Queensland’s first Mental Health Recovery Residential, improved service delivery frameworks within Child Safety, targeted outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, stronger engagement with community Elder groups and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers, and the re-focused investment in Intensive Family Support for children and young people. Darren has extensive experience in providing innovative approaches to solving complex problems within the human services sector.