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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

REFOCUS – an organisational profile

REFOCUS was founded in 2010 to specialise in providing services for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. Our main focus is our children and ensuring that they and their parents receive needed services to assist in creating resilient, safe and happy environments.

Programs:

  • Recognised Entity
  • Child and Family Wellbeing
  • Targeted Youth Disability
  • Community and Kinship Care

Some of our Recognised Entity staff L-R Yarraga Weatherall, Meg Pamenter, Carolyn Weldon, Katie Johnson and Darcy Cavanagh

What’s been happening....

In preparation for the new Child Protection Reform Amendments 2017, REFOCUS have changed all Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander staff roles to be Identified REFOCUS Practitioner positions to be better placed to provide cultural support to children, young people, families and communities across the child protection continuum. The Identified REFOCUS Practitioners’ primary role as the Recognised Entity will remain involved in I & A’s, orders & frontline duties. This means that REFOCUS will have 20 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander team members consulting, being a resource for our children, young people, families and community.

The Wellbeing team are currently running Circle of Security and Indigenous Triple P across Sunshine Coast and Gympie in accessible community venues.

REFOCUS youth workers are collaborating with IFYS youth workers to run art, song, dance and sporting programs for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander youth.

REFOCUS will be moving from their Forest Glenn office to new premises in early 2018 with a space that will be available to our community with connections to land and water in the Sunshine Coast area. The venue will provide a conference space, industrial kitchen and community gardens for community to work, learn and “own” their space.

In the new Wellbeing hub (in 2018) we will be running new programs such as Kai Kai, You Matter, Man Up and a Mums & Bubs program.

REFOCUS also has a new office at Unit 7/12 Discovery Drive, North Lakes. This is where our Moreton Bay Recognised Entity and Community & Kinship Teams are based. This space is available for meetings and community people to access.


The new conference room at our North Lakes office.


The entrance to the new office with Darcy.

We have also recently participated in the QATSICPP Supervision Framework training and we are all madly realigning what our supervision looks like and the quality of how we both provide and receive supervision. We would like to thank the deadly team at QATSICPP for coming out and making sure that, we look after ourselves, so that we can continue to look after our children, young people and families.

  • 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.