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Partners in care

Foster and kinship carers perform an important role in our community — providing safe, caring homes for children and young people who are unable to live with their own families. Hearing the voices of Queensland’s foster and kinship carers is important to our ongoing child safety reforms.

From May to July 2017, in partnership with Foster Care Queensland, we will hold workshops with foster and kinship carers across Queensland to identify ways to continue to improve support and to build cooperation between carers, support agencies and child safety staff.

We are holding day and evening workshops in the following locations to enable as many carers as possible to participate. Light refreshments will be provided. You can indicate any dietary requirements as part of your registration.

Location  Date
Ipswich Monday 29 May
Maroochydore Thursday 1 June and Friday 2 June
Cairns Tuesday 6 June
Townsville Thursday 8 June
Mackay Monday 12 June
Rockhampton Wednesday 14 June
Logan Tuesday 20 June
Roma Monday 10 July
Maryborough Thursday 13 July
Mt Isa Monday 17 July
Brisbane  Wednesday 19 July
Nerang Thursday 20 and Friday 21 July

We encourage all foster and kinship carers to participate.

How to get involved

Find out the time and venue for each workshop and register for your preferred session. Contact the project team for more information.

What we are doing now

We have listened to carers’ concerns and have already taken steps to improve your access to timely information about children being placed in your care, quality early childhood education and care, training and support, and to prepare and support young people transitioning from care.

We responded by:

  • changing our policies so carers of children under the guardianship of Child Safety no longer need our consent for a child to be immunised or have a routine, diagnostic blood test
  • improving the way we collect information about a child’s family history, behaviour, health and care needs
  • providing more financial support for quality early childhood education and care than ever before (at least $2,000 per child per year for eligible care from 1 July 2017)
  • taking steps to ensure all foster and kinship carers will be affiliated with a care service to receive training and support
  • developing a new training module for non-Indigenous carers who are caring for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children
  • releasing new social media guidelines to enable carers to make informed decisions about posting children’s photos or information to social media
  • launching the Care2Achieve scholarship scheme for young women aged 17–21 years who are transitioning from care, to enable them to undertake higher education studies
  • funding Next Step After Care to provide post-care support to young people between the ages of 15 and 21 who have been in care. The program provides telephone support, crisis assistance, brokerage funds and follow up calls 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.

Find out more about how we are working to improve out-of-home care and post-care for children and young people.

 

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Last updated:
22 June 2017
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