Queensland’s leading child welfare agencies have signalled their belief in and commitment to the Family Matters campaign to ensure that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and young people grow up safe and cared for in family, community and culture.
In a significant show of support during the 2017 Family Matters Week of Action, the Community Partnerships Group has released statement outlining failures of Queensland’s child protection systems.
The Community Partnerships Group knows that more needs to be done to eliminate the disproportionate representation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in statutory systems in Queensland. Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are significantly over-represented in the state’s child protection and youth justice systems.”
The Community Partnerships Group is chaired by the Queensland Family and Child Commissioner’s Principal Commissioner, and is made up of executives from the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak, Queensland Council of Social Services, PeakCare, Community Services Industry Alliance, and Health and Community Services Workforce Council.