Our vision

The Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program is focused on delivering the right services at the right time to support families and keep children safely at home. By implementing the reforms, our vision is that:

Queensland children and young people are cared for, protected, safe and able to reach their full potential. Queensland families and communities are empowered to become stronger, more capable, more resilient and are supported by a child and family support system that understands and respects the importance of family, community, and culture.

We are working in partnership with peak bodies, services providers and communities to deliver the best outcomes for all Queensland children and their families.

What's happening

6-12 March
Queensland Women's Week

16 March
National Close the Gap Day

4, 14, 20 March
NAPCAN child safety workshops

Various dates 8-30 March
ECEC mandatory reporting workshops

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Additonal workshops for early childhood education professionals

Additional workshops are now available across the state for early childhood education and care professionals to prepare them for their new role as mandatory reporters from 1 July 2017.

Helping with the cost of early childhood education

The department is providing new, additional payments to foster and kinship carers to help with the cost of early childhood education and care programs.

Care2Achieve scholarships announced

Sharna, Susu and Jennifer are among the first fifty recipients of the new Care2Achieve scholarships that help young women leaving care to further their education.

Working together to improve life outcomes for young people in care

The department and placement service providers have jointly developed a new framework that will ensure a consistent approach to providing out-of-home care to children and young people, regardless of their care arrangements.

Getting residential care services ready to implement the Hope and Healing Framework

PeakCare is working with residential care services to implement the Hope and Healing Framework. The framework will improve therapeutic and trauma-informed services provided to children and young people living in residential care.

Family and Child Connect to open in Mount Isa/Gulf

Family and Child Connect opens in the Mount Isa/Gulf catchment in March 2017, giving vulnerable families access to the help they need to safely care for their children at home.

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family wellbeing services rollout

The new integrated service is rolling out statewide to provide culturally responsive, community-led support to help Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families safely care for their children at home.

$3 million early education boost for children in care

The Queensland Government will invest $3 million in new measures aimed at ensuring children in care have the same educational opportunities as their peers and are supported in early education. 

Changes to Queensland's adoption laws

On 2 November 2016, Queensland Parliament passed the Adoption and Other Legislation Amendment Bill 2016, making a number of changes to the Adoption Act 2009.

Out-of-Home Care Reform Initiative

The department is reviewing its investment in placement services to plan the future of out-of-home care. The aim of the review is to ensure that the service system is responsive and focused on meeting the individual needs of children and young people.

Greater protection for domestic and family violence victims and their children

The Queensland Government has passed new laws to deliver more tailored support to keep domestic and family violence victims and their children safe, and to strengthen police and justice responses across the state.

$7.8 million for more child safety workers

The Queensland Government will invest $7.8 million annually to hire 82 new permanent child safety workers to bring down caseloads and keep Queensland children safe.

New investment in collaborative family decision making

The Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services will invest $8.652 million over the next three years to better engage parents and families in making decisions about their children’s safety, belonging and wellbeing.

Advancing Queensland’s child protection and family support reforms

Supporting Families Changing Futures: Advancing Queensland’s child protection and family support reforms reports on key achievements of the 10-year reform agenda to date and sets out the priorities for next two years.

Free parenting program for all Queensland mums and dads

Learn new skills to raise happy, healthy children and help your family thrive. The Triple P Positive Parenting Program is now free for all Queensland parents and carers of children up to 16 years.

  • Charter of Rights booklets for kids in care

    Our popular Charter of Rights booklets for children and young people in care have been updated. Kids Rights is for children aged 4–8 years, and My Journey in Care is for young people aged 9–15 years, who come into care.

  • Workshops to help Queenslanders keep kids safe

    NAPCAN is holding a statewide year-long roadshow of free workshops to help educate the community on how people can play their part to keep children safe.

  • FaCC plays its part to support Indigenous families

    Brisbane FaCC is seeing much success supporting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to care for their children safely at home. Find out how their culturally appropriate services help.

  • Help young people understand child protection

    QFCC has released Finding out about Child Protection in Queensland, an easy-to-read information kit to help young people understand the child protection system.

     

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