The new Supporting Families Changing Futures publication builds on the commitments and progress of the Queensland Government and partner organisations to implement the recommendations of the 2013 Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.
Key priorities in Supporting Families Changing Futures include responding differently to the over-representation of vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in the statutory child protection system, reducing child and youth sexual abuse, and closing the gaps in life outcomes.
Supporting Families Changing Futures commits to develop and deliver an action plan for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families.
This is in recognition that much more needs to be done to overcome both the broader issues of social and economic disadvantage and the specific circumstances in families that drive the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the statutory child protection system. We need to break this cycle. We need a fundamental shift in how child protection, family support and other services work with, and for, Queensland’s Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islander people.
Towards a Queensland action plan for vulnerable Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families will be developed and delivered in partnership with Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Elders, families, communities, organisations and leaders, supported by whole-of-government and whole-of-sector efforts and investments.
In particular, it will: