Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islanders - Child Safety Services, Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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 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 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.

For further information, refer to:

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. It 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 wellbeing of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families through effective partnerships and strategic collaborations.

For more information, contact QATSICPP.

Secretariat of National Aboriginal and Islander Child Care

SNAICC is the national peak body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children. It provides an online resource for supporting carers and becoming a carer of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people.

Topics include:

  • looking after yourself
  • right of the child
  • connecting to culture
  • caring for kids
  • social and emotional wellbeing.

For more information, contact SNAICC.

Is your feedback

Please submit your comments on the department's Compliments and Complaints section.

Please submit your comments on the Queensland Government website Contacts form.