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

Reforms being delivered under this strategic direction are based on the principle that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families have access to culturally appropriate services and care, provided by Indigenous-specific and mainstream organisations.

The reforms include:

  • working with discrete Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities to co-design solutions to improve access to and coordination of universal and secondary services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, as part of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Service Reform Project (recommendations 11.2, 11.11)
  • conducting a review of the Safe House model in discrete communities (recommendation 11.12)
  • co-designing a new model for family support for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and establishing new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services to make it easier for families to access culturally responsive support to improve their wellbeing and build their capacity to safely care for and protect their children (recommendations 11.1, 11.6)
  • trialling Winangay kinship care assessment tools throughout Queensland (recommendation 11.5)
  • contributing to integrated approaches in response to priorities identified by discrete Indigenous communities (family and men’s support, domestic and family violence responses, alcohol management, early childhood, and health and wellbeing services) (recommendations 11.8, 11.9, 11.10)
  • recruiting 10 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander practice leaders to drive culturally responsive practice through all levels of the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (recommendation 10.8)
  • implementing a range of career progression initiatives to help increase the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples working in child protection (recommendation 10.5)
  • funding Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP) for three years to provide peak body services and deliver a range of capacity and capability building projects to improve access to services and better support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander non-government agencies (recommendation 11.7)
  • implementing trials of three new Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander family-led decision making and shared practice models, to improve child protection practice to better meet the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities (recommendations 7.3, 7.5, 11.3)
  • engaging Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander service providers to deliver Family and Child Connect and Intensive Family Support services to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • securing the future of Queensland’s Children and Family Centres, providing $38.8 million over four years to deliver vital early education, child and maternal health and family support services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families
  • developing an action plan to improve outcomes for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
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