FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY 23 May 2018 Statement of Policy Intent: Safe Care and Connection
FOR INTERNAL USE ONLY 23 May 2018 Mandate – Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 Key clauses: 7–9, 11, 18, 21, 26, 32, 39, 46, 48, 67, 68 s5C, s6, s6AA, s6AB, s7, s21A, s51D, s51L, s51W, s59A, s70, s83, ss148BA–BI, s182, s187 of the Child Protection Act 1999 Review Date This document will be reviewed by the branch responsible for Child Safety operational policy, to ensure accuracy and currency with departmental policy, 12 months from the date of approval or by April 2019. Purpose of the Statement of Policy Intent (SoPI) The SoPI confirms the intent, values and outcomes that are vital in ensuring the successful implementation of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 (the Amendment Act) safe care and connection provisions. Strategic Context Addressing the over representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people, and their families in the child protection system is a key priority for the Queensland Government, with action being taken through the Supporting Families Changing Futures reforms, the Our Way strategy, the National Framework for Protecting Australia’s Children and associated action plans, and support for the national Family Matters campaign. Amendments to the Child Protection Act 1999 (the Act) were considered a priority to support this work. The consultation process for the development of the Amendment Act included consistent feedback from Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, communities and organisations that stronger connections to family, community and culture resulted in better outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people. This feedback builds on similar findings and comments made by the Royal Commission into Aboriginal Deaths in Custody and the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry. There was also strong advocacy for the legislation to recognise the importance of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander self-determination in addressing the over-representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people in the tertiary child protection system. The Amendment Act recognises that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people have the right to be brought up within their own family and community, and Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, young people and families have the best knowledge about the strengths and needs that exist in their families and communities. Translating the safe care and
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