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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

Roll out of Family Led Decision Making Training

Family Participation Program and Family Wellbeing teams from across the state attended 5 day Family Led Decision Making training courses in Rockhampton, Brisbane, Townsville, Ipswich and Cairns in October and November 2018.

Training was coordinated by SNAICC and delivered in partnership with AbSec (NSW) Registered Training Organisation to support frontline workers to empower families, their support networks and their communities to make choices and take action that keep children safe and connected to family, community and culture.

Participants who had successfully completed training also achieved certification in “Promoting Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Safety (CHCDIV02)”, and “Develop, facilitate and review all aspects of case management (CHCCSM005)”.

Participants stated that they enjoyed the training activities because they were able to practice what will be expected of them in their new roles in a safe learning environment.

This included practicing how to explain to a family what family led decision making is, and how to re-write the script in decision making processes to promote the voice and choice of family, including children’s voices.

“The workshop covered knowledge areas necessary for me to feel more confident facilitating FLDM”, a Brisbane participant explained.

Key changes in the Child Protection Amendment Act 2017 that enable strengthening cultural authority and leadership of families and communities include the right to self-determination and applying all five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: Prevention, Participation, Partnership, Placement and Connection.

One participant explained that training “allowed safe space for conversations and to explore both the macro and micro implications of the changes”.

Mixing up teams from various organisations, as shown in the photo on the bank of the Fitzroy River, allowed the sharing of practice wisdom between participants in a collaborative learning journey.

An air of excitement was strongly felt for what the future will bring as family participation grows stronger and a shift of power occurs.

(Submitted by Eva Ruggiero, SNAICC, Nov 2018)

  • Child Protection Environment

    53.7%

    of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children were placed with a kinship or Indigenous carer.
  • Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak

    69,200

    There are 69,200 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children / young people in Queensland.