Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
The principal purpose of QATSICPP is to, above all, promote and advocate the rights, safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children, young people and their families through effective partnerships and strategic collaborations. We provide leadership in advocacy and the development of policies, strategies and programs to resource, support and strengthen the capacity and capability of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander community controlled child protection agencies in the interests of our children, families and communities.
All Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people are physically, emotionally and spiritually strong, live in a safe, caring and nurturing environment within their own families and communities, and are afforded the same life opportunities available to other children and young people to achieve their full potential.
OUR PRACTICE PRINCIPLES
The following principles underpin the Child Protection Peak’s work with Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Agencies. The principles reflect a commitment to maintaining the culture and traditions of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples.
- The immediate and ongoing safety and the wellbeing of children and young people is paramount in any decisions and actions about their protection and care.
- The protection and care of children and young people is best secured within their own families, community and culture.
- Parents, families and communities are more able to protect and care for children when they themselves are physically, emotionally and spiritually strong.
- Families and communities need to be resourced and strengthened in culturally appropriate ways to better support parents’ care of their children.
- The underlying historical and systemic factors impacting on parents, families and communities must be acknowledged when thinking about the causes of, and responses to,child abuse and neglect.
- Where parents are unable to provide safe care of their children, the Aboriginal Child Placement Principle enables appropriate decisions and actions to be taken that secure children’s safety and provide appropriate care and support.
Cultural expertise of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander peoples and communities must be understood, acknowledged and reflected in policy, legislation, service delivery and practice frameworks to ensure the safety and wellbeing of children and young people, and strengthen families and communities.