Queensland Government media release
The Palaszczuk Government has ramped up efforts to cut down the excessive number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people in the child protection system, opening 33 family wellbeing services.
Child Safety Minister Di Farmer said while the services are vital to reducing the significant over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the Child Safety system, they also provide support to vulnerable families across Queensland.
“The high number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in our system is not acceptable,” Ms Farmer said.
“However, I’m proud the Government is delivering on its word to try and combat the issue with the opening of these 33 services in time for Reconciliation Week (27 May to 3 June).
“The aim of the services is to give parents valuable skills right from the beginning, so their children are cared for in a safe environment.
“The services focus on cultural knowledge and understanding that is central to improving children and young people’s wellbeing, belonging, and identity.”
The centres are scattered across Queensland, from the Torres Strait to the Gold Coast.
Ms Farmer said the $150 million for the services was part of the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment under the Our Way Strategy.
“The new services mean it is easier than ever before for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families right across our state to access culturally responsive support to help improve their social, emotional and physical wellbeing,” Ms Farmer said.
“But it also helps them safely care for their children and make sure they are protected from harm.”
Ms Farmer said the goal this year was to support 6000 families.
“We want all Queensland children to have the same hope and opportunity of a happy and healthy life, cared for in loving families that are in touch with their culture,” Ms Farmer said.