The Queensland Government has committed to building a new child and family support system over the next 10 years that will have a greater focus on supporting families to provide a safe and secure home for their children.
Through the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program, we aim to:
This will require a fundamental shift in the way government agencies, child safety professionals and community organisations work with vulnerable families, and with each other.
To deliver the reforms we will focus on seven key areas:
Caring for children and keeping them safe will be a shared responsibility. Government, non-government agencies, communities, businesses and industry are working together to deliver the right services families need to raise children who are safe, well, healthy and supported.
Vulnerable families and children will have access to high-quality services at the right time to help them to maintain the family unit. Children and young people will be at the centre of the new system, with supported and supportive parents, families and communities.
Child protection practice will be focused on engaging with families earlier and, where appropriate, keeping children safely at home.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will have access to culturally appropriate Indigenous-specific and mainstream services and care.
Where there are no acceptable alternatives, children and young people will be taken into care, and protected and cared for. In care, they will receive the support they need to enjoy their childhood, feel safe and cared for, and develop into adulthood.
Vulnerable children and families will receive quality services from a highly skilled, capable and professional workforce across government and non-government family and child sectors.
Services provided to vulnerable children and families will be high-quality and provided in an efficient, transparent and accountable manner.