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Community Controlled Child Protection Definition and Standards
Launch of the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Definition and Standards
The Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Definition and Standards (Definition and Standards) were developed with the input of the Sector. The first stage consisted of Knowledge Circles with Member Organisations, which included unpacking the current definition and further describing new standards to ensure the Sector was recognised and acknowledged as Community Controlled.
In designing and developing the definition and standards, QATSICPP staff received assistance from the former QATSICPP Chairperson, Jason Field and grouped all feedback into five (5) main categories, Good Governance, Membership, Practice, Cultural Safety and Partnerships. These five categories came with distinct standards that were underpinned by Leadership and Community Engagement, which was important based on Sector feedback. The QATSICPP Members’ Conference 2018 in Cairns, the definition and standards were launched.
The definition and standards seek:
- To achieve consistency within the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector;
- Provide a framework to support children, families, communities and organisations to ensure their children are safe in culture and not in care;
- Preserve the intent of community control as a concept and core mechanism for self-determination; and
- Provide a clear, standardised definition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander community control and community controlled services, operating in a contemporary child and family wellbeing context.
The definition and standards go further in ensuring children, families and communities (which we are all part of) are recognised rather than community control being identified as a brand. As noted in several Knowledge Circles, community control is not a brand, it’s a lifestyle.
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