Sadly, the Queensland Government-funded Recognised Entity programs have come to an end. As a result of these changes the Logan office has closed after eight years of service as we will no longer be delivering services in this area.
In place of Recognised Entity, we have secured funding for a new initiative called the Family Participation Program (FPP)which will support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to participate in child protection decision-making.
The focus of the program is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families with children and young people under the age of 18 years including those who are at risk of being the subject of a child protection notification or who are already subject to intervention by the statutory child protection system.
The FPP commenced at the same time as the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 was proclaimed and will support the primary principle that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the right to self-determination, and the implementation of the five elements of the Child Placement Principle:
- Prevention – that a child has the right to be brought up within the child’s own family and community.
- Participation – that a child and the child’s parents and family members have the right to participate in an administrative or judicial process for making a significant decision about a child.
- Partnership – that Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander peoples have the right to participate in significant decisions under the Child Protection Act 1999 about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, including the design and delivery of programs and services.
- Placement – that if a child is to be placed in care, the child has a right to be placed with a member of the child’s family group.
- Connection – that a child has a right to be supported to develop and maintain a connection with the child’s family, community, culture, traditions and language.
A key function of the FPP will be the facilitation of independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making (ATSIFLDM), a process where authority is given to parents, families and children to work together to solve problems and lead decision-making in a culturally safe space.
This program will operate to keep children safe in a way that optimises families’ participation and confidence in the process while meeting any statutory requirements.