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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders

The over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people within the child protection system is a major concern for our department. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are over-represented across all stages of the child protection system.

We are committed to working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people safe within their own families and communities wherever possible.

When Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people need to live away from home for their own protection, we are committed to ensuring that their cultural identity and relationship with their families and communities is maintained.

The Child Protection Act 1999 requires that the services we provide to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people and their families, are culturally appropriate.

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Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) is Queensland's independent, peak body representing the safety and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

QATSICPP provides leadership in:

  • advocacy, lobbying and representation for its members
  • the development of policies and strategies to resource and strengthen the capacity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection agencies
  • promoting and advocating the rights, safety and well-being of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families through effective partnerships and strategic collaborations.

SNAICC (Secretariat of National and Aboriginal Child Care) is the national peak body for Indigenous children. SNAICC has published a handbook to assist non-Indigenous carers of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care. This resource, Foster their Culture: Caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in out-of-home care is free for foster carers and agencies supporting foster carers. For a free copy, contact SNAICC on 03 9489 8099.