When ongoing intervention with a child or young person and their family involves placing the child or young person away from their parents' care, the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) is required to ensure that the child is assured a safe and acceptable standard of care.
The Child Protection Act 1999 (the Act) provides the legislative framework which regulates the care provided to children when they are removed from their parents' care. It outlines the minimum requirements that the department must comply with in relation to children who are placed with foster carers, kinship carers and care services. The standards for these placements are described in the Statement of Standards in the Act.
Carers and care services which provide out-of-home care for children are required to be approved or licensed by the department.
To ensure accountability of departmental decision-making, foster and kinship carer applicants and approved foster and kinship carers have the right to have the department's decisions about their approval as a carer externally reviewed by the Queensland Civil and Administrative Tribunal.
The assessment of foster and kinship carers may be undertaken by departmental staff, staff of foster and kinship care services or by private contractors.