Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project - Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Queensland Government)

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Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project aims to find better ways of working with, and meeting the needs of, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

The project is designed to reduce the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the child protection system, especially out-of-home care, and is led by a partnership between the Department of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Partnerships, the Department of Premier and Cabinet and the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services.

The department contracted PwC Indigenous Consulting to undertake work that will inform the development of culturally responsive programs and service models for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children, in response to recommendations 11.2 and 11.11 in the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry's final report.

In partnership with the department, PwC Indigenous Consulting engaged with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and communities to find ways to improve access to universal, early intervention and family support services, and develop responses that support children and families in discrete Indigenous communities.

This includes developing appropriate community-based referral processes and differential responses that ensure Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and children have access to the right services at the right time, as well as building more effective partnerships between families, communities, regional service networks and non-government and government agencies.

We are committed to partnering respectfully with each community in developing the best possible solutions to meet their specific needs, so that families feel empowered and supported, and the project delivers outcomes that are grounded in community ownership and shared decision-making.

Review of Safe House model

The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project has also undertaken a review of the Safe House model with recommendations on the future direction of the Safe House program to deliver better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.

The department contracted PwC Indigenous Consulting to undertake the review of the Safe House model in discrete Indigenous communities. The review considered the current role of Safe Houses, the viability of extending the Safe House model, and whether Safe Houses provide a suitable out-of-home care option for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people to remain connected to their community with appropriate support.

PwC Indigenous Consulting worked closely with communities and key stakeholders, such as Safe House service providers, relevant local, state and federal government agencies, and non-government services to identify the strengths, benefits and challenges of the Safe House model.

The Safe House review has been conducted in response to Recommendation 11.12 in the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry's final report.

Through listening to communities and understanding their needs and aspirations, we can work together to ensure that the right services are delivered at the right time for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.

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