Working for a better future and outcomes for our children
U.N. Convention on the Rights of the Child, Published by the United Nations
The Convention on the Rights of the Child is the first legally binding international instrument to incorporate the full range of human rights? civil, cultural, economic, political and social rights. In 1989, world leaders decided that children needed a special convention just for them because people under 18 years old often need special care and protection that adults do not. The leaders also wanted to make sure that the world recognized that children have human rights too.
The Convention sets out these rights in 54 articles and two Optional Protocols. It spells out the basic human rights that children everywhere have: the right to survival; to develop to the fullest; to protection from harmful influences, abuse and exploitation; and to participate fully in family, cultural and social life. The four core principles of the Convention are non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child. Every right spelled out in the Convention is inherent to the human dignity and harmonious development of every child. The Convention protects children’s rights by setting standards in health care; education; and legal, civil and social services.
The Queensland Child Protection Act 1999
The Child Protection Act 1999 is the primary legislation providing for the protection of children in Queensland.
CREATE’s Go Your Own Way Kit
Each year, over 500 young people leave the Queensland child protection system to live independently. Help and support for these young people often comes from family, carers and community members, as well as government and non-government service providers.
CREATE has been funded by the Queensland Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to provide all young people turning 16 and 17 with a Go Your Own Way (GYOW) kit to assist in the development of their Leaving Care Plans and to support them to transition to independence successfully. The kit is filled with resources and information to assist the planning process and provide caseworkers, young people and carers with the information they need to plan for a successful transition. This includes the Go Your Own Way workbook which is full of information and useful links.
Based on the latest evaluation of the GYOW project, CREATE has created the complementary TranSUP pilot project. The aim of TranSUP is to ensure that as many kits are distributed to eligible young people so that more young people are prepared to transition to independence.
Over the next 6 months, CREATE, with the support of the QLD state government, will be contacting young people turning 16 and 17 and their carers, to inform them about the GYOW kits, get their permission to send them a kit, and to provide links and referrals to information and support should they require it. This will be followed up with a call between two and six months later to ensure the kit was received, ask how they are going with it and check in to see if they have any questions about the kit and their transition to independence more broadly.
Should we be unable to contact the young person or their carer directly, we hope to work closely with CSO’s to work out the best way of contacting them and making sure they have access to a kit.
We will also be talking to the young people about whether they are aware of their leaving care plan, TILA and Next Step. Where a young person informs CREATE that they do not have a plan in place for their transition to independence we will follow up with the young person’s CSO to discuss support that CREATE can provide.
The GYOW Kit also features advice from young people who have made the transition to independence, to those going through the process:
“It’s okay to feel scared, nervous and anxious about leaving care but once it is finally complete it gives you a brand new start on being an adult. Everybody makes mistakes and it is normal to freak out. Try to talk to a person you feel comfortable with”
“Get involved as much as you possibly can. Don’t make just one plan, make lots, because sometimes things don’t go the way we’d like. Have a backup plan and make sure you have supports during TFC (Transition from care) and also after”
“You will get through it! Make a list of things that you want to achieve or things that you want included in your TFC plan and take that with you to the Department. It can help to take a friend, a carer or anyone that you feel comfortable with to the Department for a meeting”
We will be connecting with workers and carers nominated by young people, to ensure they are kept in the loop and we will be happy to discuss the kit, its use, and any other questions you may have.
An electronic version of the kit can be accessed here.
For more information please contact CREATE, we will be happy to discuss any questions you may have.
Ph #: (07) 3317 6020
The National Framework for Protecting Australia's Children 2009 - 2020
The National Frameworks focus is on stronger prevention strategies to tackle social disadvantage and promote social inclusion and wellbeing. Better collaboration within and between governments will also be a priority. Closing the gap between Indigenous children and other children will be a chief aim of the national framework.
New ATSICPP Resource
Understanding and Applying the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle
A Resource for Legislation, Policy, and Program Development
This resource provides a description of the definition of the five core elements of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle (ATSICPP).