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2018

July – September

  • Committed a further 56 Child Safety frontline and frontline support staff across the state on top of the already 365 positions created since 2016.
  • The latest phase of the child protection legislation reforms came into effect, making it easier for children on custody orders to be vaccinated and improve safety planning for children who remain in their homes under agreements between parents and Child Safety.
  • Launched trial of Treatment Foster Care Oregon program for children with complex needs to overcome significant trauma and go on to a bright future.
  • Launched $5.4 million Breakthrough for Families program to help Queensland families break the hold of ice and other drugs by giving them access to free, accessible information, and tailored strategies to help themselves and others.
  • Announced the recipients of the second round of the Empowering Families Innovation Grants, for ideas that seek to transform life outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
  • Provided $11.95 million commitment to ensure the Triple P — Positive Parenting Program remains free for Queensland parents to access, through to 2020.
  • Launched Carer Connect app which connects Queensland foster and kinship carers with important information about a child or children in their care, including medical or educational history or other details that could help them to provide the best care.
  • Launched Child Safety Officer recruitment campaign that showed videos of staff sharing their personal stories of changing the lives of vulnerable children and families.
  • Legislation passed for approximately 10,000 Queensland child sex abuse victims to be able to seek redress through 3 ways — a monetary payment, access to counselling and psychological care, and the option to receive a direct personal response from the institution responsible for providing the redress.

April – June

  • The Queensland Government response to the Royal Commission was tabled in Parliament, with Queensland accepting in principle more than 240 recommendations.
  • The first of two Queensland trials to help victims of child sexual abuse and their family members access coordinated support and recover from their experiences was established in Gold Coast. The other trial will be established in Townsville.
  • Announced $600,000 in funding to support vulnerable families in Nambour, Palmwoods and Eumundi-Yandina to help them develop important life skills and help them manage in challenging times so they can focus on caring for and nurturing their children.
  • Opened 33 family wellbeing services to reduce the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection system.
  • Launched SafeCare trial of an intensive family support program for vulnerable families on the Gold Coast, with children aged up to five years who are at risk of entering the child protection system.
  • Promoted Talking Families community education campaign, which encourages parents of children aged 0-4 to ‘get it off their chest’ and remind them that it’s normal to struggle, but they’re never alone.

January – March

  • The first phase of the child protection legislation reforms came into effect, allowing Child Safety to provide information to people who are, or have been in out-of-home-care, parents and guardians, the police and interstate child welfare authorities.
  • People who are, or have been, in out-of-home care are able to access more detailed information through the Time in Care Information Access Service.
  • Commenced partnership with the Townsville Aboriginal and Islander Health Service on the First 1000 Days Australia initiative, to help local parents better access services and support they need during the crucial first two years of their child’s life.
  • Commenced the Navigate Your Health trial in the Brisbane district of Moreton region, to facilitate health screening and assessment, referral coordination and ongoing health care coordination support for children in care supported by dedicated positions, called Health Navigators.
  • Opened the second round of the Empowering Families Innovation Grants, for ideas for initiatives, programs or ways of working that will keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe, well and connected to family, kin, culture and country.

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2017

October – December

  • The Child Protection Reform Amendment Bill 2017 was passed by Parliament to improve long-term outcomes for children and young people in the child protection system.
  • Commenced roll out of kicbox app, with availability to all kids in care and their Child Safety teams by mid-2018.
  • Released the first report on the Partners in Care engagement program and the initial Queensland Government response Working better with foster and kinship carers, following valuable feedback from Queensland’s foster and kinship carers.
  • Rolled out second phase of the foster carer recruitment campaign, encouraging people from all walks of life to register their interest to become carers.
  • Committed a further $1.2 million for Logan Together for another two years, which aims to provide extra support for children aged 0-8 years.

July – September

  • Commenced manadatory reporting obligations for early childhood education and care professionals.
  • Launched trial of joint response teams between child safety and Queensland Police Service in Toowoomba, Townsville and the Gold Coast.
  • Established live-in recovery units to support families to overcome ice issues in a Queensland first.
  • Announced an additional $200 million funding over two years to hire a record 292 more child safety staff over two years.  
  • Rolled out new statewide campaign for Family and Child Connect to help families get the support they need when they need it.
  • Commenced the 'What's Next' program as part of priority access to provide financial and planning support to enable young people leaving care to access vocational education and training.
  • Established the Quality Improvement Program that focuses on building leadership capability and embedding a culture of continuous quality improvement that includes an assessment of service delivery against 9 standards to improve outcomes for children, young people, parents and families.

April – June

  • Released Our Way: A generational strategy for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF) and Changing Tracks: An action plan for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families (PDF) to improve outcomes for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and reduce their over-representation in out-of-home care.
  • Launched the Empowering Families Innovation Grants to ignite game-changing ideas for initiatives, programs or ways of working that will help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe, well and connected to family, culture and country.
  • Announced $40.8 million funding over four years for more frontline staff and improved services, including placing 12 child safety officers in major hospitals, assigning a specialist nurse to each FaCC area, hiring 12 additional child safety staff for the new Moreton Bay CSSC, and rolling out the Child Safety Quality Assurance program.
  • Commenced development of a multi-agency action plan that ensures priority access to government services for children and young people in out-of-home-care.
  • Launched Partners in Care, a series of workshops across Queensland to identify ways to continue to improve support for and work collaboratively with foster and kinship carers, in partnership with Foster Care Queensland.
  • Released the Laying Foundations Report which provides a broad industry profile of the child and family support sector to help with sector development, co-developed by QFCC in partnership with Community Services Industry Alliance.
  • Hosted the inaugural Ice Regional Community Engagement Summit to help tackle high level of substance abuse of methamphetamine in parents of children who come into care.
  • Commenced rollout of $2.6 million campaign to recruit more foster and kinship carers.
  • Established minimum qualification requirement for all residential care workers to be in force from July 1 2018.  

January – March

  • Rolled out second stage of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Wellbeing Services in six catchments.
  • Commenced working with residential care providers to develop strategies to implement the Hope and Healing Framework (PDF) Hope and Healing Framework (DOC, 678 KB), led by PeakCare.
  • Piloted the co-developed Out-of-home Care Outcomes Framework with regions and service providers to improve out-of-home care for children.
  • Opened final Family and Child Connect in Mount Isa/Gulf, integrated with specialist domestic violence services.
  • Introduced $3 million Early Childhood Education in Care package to ensure children in care have the same educational opportunities as their peers.
  • Commenced statewide community education campaign led by NAPCAN to help educate the community on how they can prevent child abuse and create child safe organisations.
  • Rolled out statewide program of training to prepare early childhood educators for their obligations as mandatory reporters.
  • Released tender for $1.6 million over three years to deliver an innovative model of kinship care with flexible support as part of reshaping the existing foster and kinship care system in Brisbane.
  • Released options paper for the review of the blue card system, led by QFCC.
  • Announced Queensland's first social impact investment initiative to tackle over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Islander children in out-of-home-care through the New Parent Infant Network (NEWPIN) progam.
  • Released options paper for the review of the foster care system, led by QFCC.
  • Transferred support services for foster carers to the non-government sector in three Queensland regions.
  • Began operation of Assessment and Service Connect (ASC) to strengthen the child sfatey investigation and assessment process.
  • Announced $100,000 funding to continue the rollout of the Safe Sleeping Baby program to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

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2016

October – December

July – September

April – June

January – March

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2015

October – December

July – September

April – June

January – March

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2014

October – December

  • Launched Talking Families campaign, encouraging parents and families to talk about the pressures of parenting and seek help when they need it.
  • Announced successful tenderers for the first seven Family and Child Connect services.
  • Launched Supporting Families Changing Futures website, creating a central point for information relating to the Queensland Government's child and family reforms.

July – September

April – June

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2013

October – December

April – June

 

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