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.
Stage two of the public consultation to review and redesign the Child Protection Act 1999 will run from October to December 2016. Reviewing the Act will ensure that Queensland has a contemporary legislative framework that underpins the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Family Matters has released its report into the state of child protection in Australia for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.
Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children from Moreton Bay and Townsville will be the first to benefit from the First 1000 Days Australia initiative when it comes to Queensland from next year.
It takes a village to raise a child, particularly those children who cannot live with their own families. You can help this Christmas by giving or promoting the drive to give a gift to a child in care.
Meet Miranda Bain from Act For Kids on the Gold Coast who says she feels privileged to have assisted families through some of their toughest times with the intensive family support service.