The Queensland Government has announced a review of the operation of foster care and blue card services in Queensland to be led by the Queensland Family and Child Commission in conjunction with an external expert panel.
From 1 July 2017, child protection mandatory reporting obligations under the Child Protection Act 1999 will be extended to include early childhood education and care professionals.
Expressions of interest are now open for community-controlled organisations to lead the design and delivery of new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family wellbeing services in 10 catchments across Queensland.
Community organisations are invited to apply for a $5000 Stronger Sector Scholarship, sponsored by the Queensland Family and Child Commission, to support training, development or organisational capacity building activities. Applications close 30 September 2016.
Young Queensland women aged 17–21 years who are transitioning from care, or have left care to live as independent adults, can now apply for a scholarship to undertake higher education studies.
The Strengthening our sector: A strategy for working together for a responsive sustainable service system across the child and family support sector, and accompanying First Action Plan 2016-17, are now available on the Queensland Family and Child Commission's website.
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.
The new Queensland Government Protocol for Joint Agency Response When a Child in Care is Missing outlines the steps to be taken to ensure there are no delays when a child living in out-of-home care is missing from school or home.
The Queensland Government has outlined the way forward for developing an action plan to improve outcomes for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
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.
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.
Halfway into the government’s two-year trial of free Triple P for Queensland families, more than 20,000 parents and carers have accessed the program and gained valuable new skills and confidence to raise happy, healthy children and teenagers.
Development of the Queensland action plan for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families has moved another step forward, with Minister Fentiman hosting a roundtable meeting with Queensland Family Matters Champions on 24 August.
It's now been 18 months since the launch of the Strengthening Families Protecting Children Framework for Practice. Take a look back on some of the significant achievements in the implementation journey so far and learn more about the focus for the next six months.
A reminder for practitioners who work with young people in care that Next Step After Care offers a ‘check-in call’ service as part of its suite of statewide services for young people aged 15 to 21 years who have left care.