Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
Community Partnerships Day “Keynote address by Candice Butler”
On the 4th September 2018, Candice Butler, QATSICPPs Senior Practice Leader had the privilege of presenting a keynote presentation to the Sunshine Coast Community Partnerships Day. The day focussed on the National Child Protection Week theme of “Play Your Part”.
Candice took the opportunity to focus her presentation on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Self-determination in Child Protection.
As part of delivering her presentation, Candice provided delegates with information on the importance of self-determination in child protection, these are as follows:
- For Participation and leadership – this is critical to improving outcomes;
- To ensure that the best interests of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children is at the heart of the work that we do;
- To ensure that there is continuity of children’s cultural identity;
- To ensure that there is continuity of family and community relationships; and,
- To ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children have access to quality health care and that there social and emotional wellbeing is paramount.
In Queensland the following initiatives have occurred to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection:
- The inclusion of the Additional Principles for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children – Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) s5c(1)
- The inclusion of the five elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principles in the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (Qld) s5c(2)
- The process of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making
- The real opportunity that Active Efforts can have in relation to best practice in Child Protection.
Candice concluded her presentation with the following quote:
“For me at the end of the day, I’m not only accountable to QATSICPP and our member services but I’m accountable to the following people:
I’m accountable to both of my grandparents because they have left a legacy where I need to ensure that the voices of our elders are included in all areas.I’m accountable to my best friends, Cass and Michelle because mind my French they will call out my bullshit when I’m not seeking the input and advice from others; and,Last but by no means least I’m accountable to all of my extended family to make sure that I am a vehicle to showcase the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in child protection”.
Thank-you to the Sunshine Coast Regional Child Protection Week committee for allowing Candice Butler the opportunity to present at this important event.