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Working for a better future and outcomes for our children

The Healing Foundation has recently released resources on supporting healing for young people.

TRAUMA AND HEALING TIMELINE

YOUNG PEOPLE FACTSHEET

The resources are designed to support both our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander workforce and our non-Indigenous workforce to have the tools and resources to support quality healing practice.

The Healing Foundation encourages Child Protection, Juvenile Justice and Education Departments to utilise the resources/material in staff training.

Alongside the attached fact sheets, the Healing Foundation also released an animation video that is aimed at assisting the workforce and community to understand the concept of Intergenerational trauma.

The animation video is supported by a video from Professor Helen Milroy – a leading Aboriginal child and family Psychiatrist, to assist people to understand the child and family implications of trauma and how we can support healing.

Professor Milroy has a strong and supportive message about how everybody can do something, and the facts sheets are designed to assist workers to have the tools to act.

To access the link to the animation video and Professor Milroy’s video, click on:

VIEW ANIMATION

To access a recording of the Healing Foundations webinar “Our Healing, Our Future: shaping strategies with our young people webinar”, click on: 

WATCH WEBINAR

For more information, please contact the Healing Foundation on 02 6272 7500 or email info@healingfoundation.org.au

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Stolen Generations and descendants: numbers, demographic characteristics and selected outcomes

Today the Australian Institute of Health and Welfare released Australia’s first demographic and policy impact study of the Stolen Generations and their descendants.

Commissioned by The Healing Foundation, this report for the first time provides comprehensive data to illustrate the direct link between the forced removal of tens of thousands of children from their families and the real life symptoms of trauma across our families and communities, for example:

  • 67% live with a disability or restrictive long-term condition,
  • 70% rely on government payments as their main source of income, and
  • 40% have experienced homelessness in the past 10 years.

This data is a demonstration of the lived experience of our Stolen Generations and the pain they have had to endure over a lifetime, which they have bravely and repeatedly detailed in over 19 reports. Twenty one years on from the tabling of the Bringing Them Home Report there has still not been a comprehensive policy response.  

The report is part of an ongoing needs analysis being led by The Healing Foundation, and involving Stolen Generations groups from around Australia. The data is being used to determine priorities for future strategies and services, as part of our Action Plan for Healing. This work was funded by the Federal Government last year and we are hopeful that it will result in the action that is desperately needed to break the trauma cycle and create healing in Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities.

I have no doubt that the information contained here will help build a broader understanding of the issues that have been created for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people through actions like the forced removal of children from their families. And a better understanding is the first step to creating meaningful change.

Here is the link to the report and a summary of the key findings. Please share this information with your networks. Thank you for your ongoing commitment to our work and we look forward to furthering our conversation about the future work needed to support our Stolen Generations members, their descendants and communities.

Regards,
The Healing Foundation

Link to report: https://www.aihw.gov.au/reports/indigenous-australians/stolen-generations-descendants/contents/table-of-contents

Link to summary of key findings: https://healingfoundation.org.au/app/uploads/2018/08/HF_Stolen_Gererations_2Page_Infographics_Aug2018_V1.pdf

You may have already heard about the Human Services Quality Framework (commonly known as the HSQF), especially if you receive funding from the Department of Communities, Disability Services and Seniors and/or Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women (the departments).  

This article provides an introduction and some tips for organisations who may need to meet the HSQF requirements.

The HSQF is a set of standards for Queensland human services that an organisation needs to meet, if they receive ongoing funding from the department/s.  There are six standards within the HSQF, which cover core elements of human service delivery as well as requirements under relevant legislation, service agreements and specific programs.  

There are common requirements that everyone under the HSQF has to meet, and then depending on the service types delivered, there may also be some specific additional requirements.  For example, organisations that provide child protection placement services and also need to be licensed will need to address both the common requirements and then some additional specific requirements which will be used for licensing.

Some tips for organisations when first starting their HSQF journey:

  • Connect with your Regional Contract Officer early on – they will be a good source of information around HSQF, and will be able to link you with relevant resources
  • You will generally have 18 months from when you first receive funding from the department to meet your quality requirements – your Regional Contract Officer can help you with what those requirements are and to plan out timeframes
  • Depending on the amount of funding you receive and the type of services you provide, you will either be required to complete a self-assessment only, or to go through a ‘Certification’ process
  • There are a few organisations who may hold a current accreditation against another quality system which may mean they can just provide evidence of that to the department – your Regional Contract Officer will be able to talk with you more about this option
  • If you need to get HSQF certification, an assessor (or assessment team, if you have lots of sites) will come out and visit your sites. These assessors work for certification bodies who have been approved by an accrediting body (known as JAS-ANZ) to work in the HSQF
  • You are welcome to speak to as many of the certification bodies on the approved provider list as you would like to, to find whoever is best able to meet your needs, including budget, the makeup of the assessment team and approach they will take
  • Bear in mind there are a lot of organisations that need certification so the sooner you start talking to the certification bodies, the better chance there will be of them being able to meet your needs including your preferred dates for the assessment. The most important tip we can give you is to start early!
  • It is important to be aware that the HSQF is a quality assurance framework with a strong focus on continuous improvement. This means that if you don’t meet all the requirements straight away, there is time to fix any issues and your certification body will work with you around all of this
  • There are supports out there who can help with preparing for and going through HSQF.  These include the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS), your Regional Contract Management team/s, the HSQF Team, as well as other organisations who have gone through HSQF before. Ask questions if you are unsure.

Article provided by Sophie Tory, A/Principal Policy and Program Officer, Human Services Quality Framework

The five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Poster is now available for download. 

If you could like to download a copy for your office

DOWNLOAD POSTER

The five core elements:

PREVENTION:

Protecting children’s rights to grow up in family, community and culture by supporting families to care safely for their children.

PARTNERSHIP:

Ensuring the participation of community representatives in service design, delivery and individual case decisions.

PLACEMENT:

Placing children in out-of-home care in accordance with the established ATSICPP placement hierarchy.

PARTICIPATION:

Ensuring the participation of children, parents and family members in decisions regarding the safety, belonging and wellbeing of their children.

CONNECTION:

Maintaining and supporting connection to family, community, culture and country for children in out-of-home care.

For further information, download the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle Best Practice Implementation Guide

QATSICPP presents to you our QATSICPP Members Conference 2018 Post Conference Report.

As you would be aware, QATSICPP hosted its Members’ Conference at the Pullman International Hotel, Cairns from 6-8 March 2018. The conference, with much success, sought to showcase the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Child Protection Sector (Sector), based on previous feedback from the QATSICPP Members’ Conference in September 2016.

Based on feedback from the QATSICPP Members’ Conference in September 2016, the 2018 QATSICPP Members’ Conference showcased the Sector’s capacity in demonstrating practice excellence and good governance from a service point-of-view. Additionally, QATSICPP provided a platform for external providers to present on topics that are pivotal in the policy reform agenda stemming from the Carmody Report of 2014. The external presentations were conducted by Professor Roianne West (Post Graduate Certificate) and Professor Clare Tilbury (Centre of Excellence). Further to this, the QATSICPP Aboriginal Kinship Position Paper, QATSICPP Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Definition and Standards were [both] launched on Wednesday 7 March 2018, with the inclusion of the QLD Family Matters update provided.

DOWNLOAD THE POST CONFERENCE REPORT

  • 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.