Meeting the needs and requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Meeting the needs and requirements of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services and its non-government partners are progressing a range of initiatives to build a new child and family support system where Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families have access to culturally appropriate Indigenous-specific and mainstream services and care.

Through these initiatives:

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families will have improved access to universal and secondary services
  • Indigenous carers and agencies will be better supported, and there will be an enhanced focus on working in partnership across non-government and government agencies
  • there will be better designed tertiary services for Indigenous children and families.
  • Empowering Families Innovation Fund

    The Empowering Families Innovation Fund aims to generate new ideas for initiatives, programs or ways of working that will help keep Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children safe, well and connected to family, kin, culture and country.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project

    The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project will find better ways of working with, and meeting the needs of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities, to help reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the child protection system.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice reforms

    We are partnering with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community-controlled organisations to trial family-led decision making and shared practice models, designed to empower families to make informed choices about their children, while the department works with families to ensure the safety of the children.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services

    New Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services are being established across the state to make it easier for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to access culturally responsive support to improve their social, emotional, physical and spiritual wellbeing, and build their capacity to safely care for and protect their children.

  • Indigenous career progression - cadetships and scholarships

    The department’s Indigenous career progression program supports Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander university students and departmental staff to attain the necessary qualifications to become a Child Safety Officer.

  • Review of the Recognised Entity program

    We are undertaking a comprehensive review of the Recognised Entity program to identify opportunities to enhance the role and function of Recognised Entities to better meet the needs and aspirations of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities.

  • Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander child protection sector and service development

    Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak has been funded to provide peak body services to child protection organisations that support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families across Queensland, and undertake a range of capacity and capability building projects within the non-government sector.

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