The development of the Queensland Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak Ltd service system is underpinned by the provisions for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children articulated in the Child Protection Act (1999).
The CPP is made up of 21 community controlled Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander member organisations working to provide child protection, family support and related services. Located throughout Queensland, each member controls the process of child protection, family support and out of home care services delivery, determining their own affairs, protocols and procedures with their communities.
These organisations include:
The Recognised Entity:
Provides an Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander perspective on risk and decision making to Department of Communities (Child Safety) about the safety and wellbeing of Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children and young people who come to their attention. Whilst all major decisions rest with Child Protection the program advocates that a child/young person’s best interests include strong connection to Aboriginal culture, community and family. If Child Safety removes a child from their family, Recognised Entities seek to ensure compliance with the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Child Placement Principle.
Family Support Services:
Are targeted at resourcing and directly assisting families with practical support that results in children not having to enter the statutory system.
Foster and Kinship Care:
Provides for culturally sensitive placements for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children through the recruitment and support of Foster and Kinship Carers
Provides alternative group based placements for children/young people who cannot reside within their own family or foster care.