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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

News

The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd. (QATSICPP) was pleased to host the 2019 Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Awards, on 13 September at the Queensland Cricketers’ Club in Brisbane.

Practice Standards & Supervision Framework Workshop Training

QATSICPP continues to deliver on the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Practice Standards and Supervision Framework across the sector i.e: Family Wellbeing Services, Family Participation Programs, Department of Child Safety, Youth & Women.

60 Seconds with Des Rogers from QATSICPP
Project Support Officer – Youth Justice

In November 2017, Central Queensland Indigenous Development (CQID) expanded its service footprint into the Fraser Coast region with the establishment of its Family Wellbeing Services in Bundaberg and Hervey Bay. This involved not just the establishment of the service in the region, but the additional challenge of building relationships and establishing a presence in a new community.

One of the new employees recruited to help us meet these challenges is Lavina Little, a Family Wellbeing Officer in CQID’s Bundaberg office. Prior to starting with CQID, Lavina had previously worked at Phoenix House with children who had experienced sexual and physical abuse.

Mount Isa Murri Men Making Momentum

Mount Isa is the traditional land of the Kalkadoon people and is one off the largest Mining Cities in the Southern Hemisphere and the largest city in the World by area. Mount Isa is located in the North West region of Queensland and is approximately 200km from the Northern Territory border.

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Robert Manggoyana

I am a social work student completing my placement with QATSICPP. This is part of a Masters of Social Work studies with Griffith University. I chose to study social work largely due to my personal experiences in Australia as an African migrant. I strongly believe all people should be treated equally and with respect. Being part of the Australian minority increased my empathy for other minority groups such as the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people and disadvantaged people in general. I believe studying social work provides me a platform to develop the necessary skills required to contribute to positive life outcomes for the disadvantaged people.

As part of my placement with QATSICPP I completed a literature review on the evaluation of family wellbeing programs. The literature review provided insights into contemporary debates on the nature, scope, processes and indicators used in the evaluation of family wellbeing programs to contribute to the ongoing debate on the development of the Department of Child Welfare, Women and Youth’s development evaluation framework. In addition, I also participated in practice standards workshops and community of practice workshops. These workshops did not only provide me a great learning platform but also an opportunity to expand my network and contacts in the Sector.

I immensely enjoyed my time at QATSICPP, particularly working with such a happy, passionate and supportive team.

Roberti Manggoyana

Following last year’s launch of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle: A guide to support implementation and in response to recommendations from the Our Booris Our Way Steering Committee (Interim Report 2018, ACT), SNAICC facilitators are in the process of training 30 team leaders and 150 case workers from the ACT Community Services Directorate in understanding and applying all elements of the Child Placement Principle.

SNAICC consulted with departmental staff to tailor training to their needs, with the top three priority areas being:

  • Engaging skills to work with Aboriginal families
  • Understanding Aboriginal child-rearing practices
  • Practice examples for each of the five elements of the Child Placement Principle.

To date, agencies have focused mostly on the placement element without giving equal attention to partnership, participation, connection, and prevention in the context of addressing the needs of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children.

Training discussions and activities draw from the implementation guide and the wealth of expert knowledge and experience outlined within it that was gathered from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander agencies and leaders across the country on best practice for addressing all of the Child Placement Principle priority areas.

In addition to the five elements of the Child Placement Principle, discussions at training focus on how to explore identification (self-identifying as being an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander person) accurately and respectfully, as well as leaving the conversation open to return to as rapport and relationships grow over time.

Participants reflections after training include:

“The workshop provided practical strategies to support case management”

 “I enjoyed learning what others are doing in this space and learning from others practice”.

 “An opportunity to stop, think, reflect on practice. To think about/ learn about aspects of Aboriginal culture, particularly around implementation of the CPP and the circles of trauma, but always focus on strengths”.

Alongside training, the ACT Community Services Directorate is updating policy guidelines relating to the Child Placement Principle to embed good practice and ensure accountability mechanisms are in place.

SNAICC commends the Directorate and the Our Booris Our Way Steering Committee for setting the path and priorities to improve responses for Aboriginal children and families in ACT, including enhancing practice and creating more collaborative partnerships with Aboriginal community controlled organisations.

SNAICC ATSICPP Training ACT 2019

ACT Child and Youth Protection Services Team Leaders, April 2019)

  • 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.