Supporting Families Changing Futures

On 25 July 2019, the Queensland Government released Supporting Families Changing Futures 2019-2023 - The Queensland Government's plan for helping Queensland children, young people, parents and families experiencing vulnerability (PDF, 1 MB), a five-year whole-of-government strategy for the final stage of the 10-year child and family reform program.

This plan builds on the strategic direction published in the Supporting Families Changing Futures: 2018 Update and outlines the priorities for the final stage of the reform program.

The strategy is centred around wellbeing outcomes - Safe, Secure and Stable; Healthy; Learning, Earning and Developing and Participating, Belonging and Identity. Taking a wellbeing approach better articulates our work and the outcomes for children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability, is more meaningful for them and aligns with Our Future State: Advancing Queensland's Priorities.

Key focus areas over the next five years include:

  • promoting a whole-of-government approach towards meeting the needs of Queensland children, young people and families experiencing vulnerability and enhancing the shared responsibility objective of the reform program
  • increasing reach and effectiveness of family support services to help more families earlier and reduce the number of families escalating into the child protection system
  • enhancing and strengthening cross-agency responses to address the wide-ranging needs of families, children and young people experiencing vulnerbility
  • continuing to reduce the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, children and young people in the child protection system
  • increasing and enhancing types of care to not only meet projected demand but to meet the needs of children and young people in care more effectively
  • strengthening support for carers and kin.

The strategy is supported by the Queensland Government's total funding package of $517.5 million ($401.6 million in new funding and $115.9 million funded internally) over four years to continue Queensland's family support and child protection reforms.

Find out more on the Queensland Government's Supporting Families Changing Futures web pages.

You can also subscribe to the Supporting Families Changing Futures monthly e-newsletter to stay up-to-date with the latest progress and news about the reforms.

Changes to the Child Protection Act 1999

The Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women is seeking feedback on options for changes to the Child Protection Act 1999.

Following a review of the Act between 2015 and 2017 and some priority amendments being made in 2017, we are now considering further changes to the legislation to continue building a strong, modern legislative framework.

The changes proposed for the next stage focus on:

  • reinforcing children's rights in the legislative framework
  • strengthening children's voices in decisions that affect them
  • reshaping the regulation of care

The department is seeking views on the oprtions proposed and any other issues you may like to raise regarding reinforcing human rights in the legislative framework, strengthening children's voice in decisions and reshaping the regulation of care.

To find out more on how to have your say go to the Queensland Government website.

Family and Child Connect

Community based services, known as Family and Child Connect, were rolled out across Queensland in 2015 to support families who are at risk of entering or re-entering the child protection system to get them back on track, before their problems escalate.

Families who find themselves in need of support can contact Family and Child Connect themselves for assistance. Where professionals (such as teachers, health workers and police) and members of the community have concerns about a child’s wellbeing, they can refer the family to Family and Child Connect for information, advice, and engagement instead of Child Safety.

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