Focus needed on child protection issues

A leading Queensland not-for-profit has voiced its support for community services sector leaders speaking out on child protection reforms.

Churches of Christ Care, one of the state’s largest providers of child and family support and early intervention services, added its voice to the call for focus on child protection issues.

This followed Friday’s media release regarding reforms issued by child protection peak organisations PeakCare Queensland, the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, Foster Care Queensland and the CREATE Foundation.

Children, Youth and Families General Manager Jane Carter said the sector is currently under a high level of public scrutiny, but it’s the issues themselves that need to be focussed on.

“All those that care for children, be they families, carers, government and providers, need to address the issues that lead to systematic problems for children and the community ,” Ms Carter said.

One of the issues that Ms Carter asked for particular focus on was the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in care.

“We need to stay focused on implementing reforms to improve the child protection system to ensure positive outcomes for Indigenous children at risk,” Ms Carter said.

“While maintaining focus on community-led prevention and early intervention services that support families to keep their children safe and prevent them from entering the child protection system.”

“By focusing on prevention and early intervention with at risk families, our key goal is reducing the number of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the protection system.”

“A concerted effort is needed by both government and non-government organisations to implement the recommendations of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry.

“Better outcomes for children and young people in care can be achieved if the recommendations of this Inquiry are fully implemented,” she said.

“We need to deliver on our commitment to vulnerable young Queenslanders.”

Churches of Christ Care provides care for thousands of Queensland children each year through foster and kinship care, early childhood services, family support and early intervention services.

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Posted July 27, 2016 in News