The statement of commitment
We recognise and appreciate the invaluable contribution made by foster and kinship carers to the lives of children in care.
The Statement of Commitment , Statement of Commitment between Child Safety and the foster and kinship carers of Queensland has been developed in collaboration with Queensland Foster and Kinship Care, PeakCare Queensland, and the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak. It reflects the shared commitment of our partnership with you, for the benefit of children and young people in care.
The statement also acknowledges and promotes the critical role of foster and kinship carers as part of a team providing quality care to children in care.
Roles and responsibilities
Child Safety, non-government foster and kinship care services and approved carers have common responsibilities to the child or young person in care. The ways in which these responsibilities are exercised will vary according to our respective roles.
Child Safety has a broad responsibility to coordinate the Queensland Government’s approach to the safety and wellbeing of children and young people in the state. Where a child is in need of protection, one strategy to meet their needs is through quality family based care with a foster or kinship carer.
Non-government foster and kinship care services are funded by Child Safety to undertake the role of recruitment, training, assessment and support of carers. These services provide you with comprehensive support and advocacy through a range of services and resources. They work with Child Safety to assist and support you to implement and achieve the agreed goal and outcomes of the child and young person’s case plan.
Rights within our partnership
Complementing these responsibilities, all carers have the following rights:
- The right to feel valued, to be treated fairly and equally, with courtesy, respect and personal dignity as a member of a professional team who has unique knowledge and skills. This includes your rights to participate in decisions affecting the life of the child in your care; and the right to have your knowledge and opinions inform decision making processes to ensure the best interests of the child.
- The right to feel safe, to natural justice and due process which incorporates the right to relevant information and ready access to a complaints and appeals process that is fair, equitable, just, informal and timely. This includes your rights to receive as much timely and ongoing information about a child as is necessary for you to provide a safe, healthy and protected environment for them.
- The right to feel supported in meeting the required standards of care for the child or young person. This includes your rights to have the needs and rights of your own family recognised and respected when considering decisions regarding the child in your care.
- The right to feel confident and to expect assistance from others who have expertise. This includes your rights to request the end of a care arrangement, within mutually agreed timeframes whenever possible, while maintaining stability for the child and focusing on their needs and the needs of your own children.
Our commitment to you
We know that caring for children, keeping them safe and helping them to be the best they can be is a big job and no one can do it on their own. Child Safety is committed to working with you as a partner to:
- make a difference in the lives of children and young people
- ensure the safety, belonging and wellbeing needs of the children and young people in your care are met
- do our best for you so that you can do your best for the children and young people in your care
- build a good relationship that will help us work together to get the best outcomes for children and young people even when we disagree or see things differently.
Child Safety will:
- respect you as part of the team, a skilled carer, a role model for the children and your people and as a person who is willing to open their home and their heart to a child at a difficult time in their life
- ask you what is working well and recognise and celebrate your success
- listen to what you are worried about and what you think needs to happen
- collaborate with you to plan for the future of children in your care
- acknowledge the importance of your relationship with the children and young people in your care and the role it plays in healing hurt and trauma
- use plain language and give you full and frank information so that you can provide the best care possible.