The QATSICPP network of community managed Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Community Agencies are uniquely placed to understand Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander values, families and kinship relationships and have the capability to design and implement culturally appropriate services for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander clients.
Prevention and Early Intervention
Our efforts are focussed on the statutory end of the continuum, supporting the operation of Recognised Entities, and Foster and Kinship Care Services. We have identified the need for a more balanced continuum, with significant increase in prevention and early intervention/family support services a key priority.
Full and Formal Engagement
Our goal is to ensure that Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people have full and formal engagement and participation in the delivery, planning, design, and management of services within their communities.
Our key priority is to provide client focussed, expert information and advice, and assistance to our members to ensure their effective operation. We also aim to establish and offer members comprehensive quality management and administrative services to build their capacity through enhancing structures, systems, policies, procedures and practices skills through the provision of a range of practical and technical support services and resources.
Skilling the Workforce
Workforce development and training is another key area in which we are involved with our members. While our approach has a strong governance component it includes the provision of training in child protection skills, organisational development and business management as well as cultural awareness training.
Child Protection Community
Engaging with the community enables us to raise the profile of our organisation as well as contribute to broader industry initiatives. Key linkages have been established with Peak Care, Foster Care Queensland, Create, SNAICC, Department of Communities, Directors of Child Safety and other Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Services, Children’s Service Tribunal, Justice and Attorney and The Commission for Children and Young People and Office of Child Guardian.
QATSICPP played a pivotal role in ensuring the different stakeholders across the child protection sector worked together to achieve better outcomes for our children, young people and their families. This is demonstrated by the number of joint projects the Peak was, and is, currently involved in.
Child Safety Taskforce
Focus has been on the remodeling of the Recognised Entity Service delivery which was announced in August 2010 with the establishment of Family Support Services.
Combined Voices Committee
An independent coalition of state-wide human services, peak organisations, individuals and networks in Queensland that exists to raise public and political awareness of the need for systemic reform to improve outcomes for Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander at risk children and families and to promote positive programs that achieve sustainable change for at risk families.
Kinship Reconnection Project
QATSICPP leads an Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Placement Working Group and implemented an exploratory project called the Kinship Reconnection Project. This project involved a desktop study of 30 to 40 Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander children not placed with their family from three CSSCs with the intent of identifying systems and practice improvements for connection to families and communities.
What Works Project
A QATSICPP project that has been initiated out of the need to demonstrate to government that community controlled services are best placed to provide services to our people. The aim of the project is to support service development across our sector by documenting what works, with particular focus on Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander child and family support services children, for vulnerable children, young people and their families
Triple P Training
QATSICPP are in partnership with Triple P International, and funded by the Department of Communities (Child Safety), to provide accredited training to Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Support Workers across the staff.
Domestic and Family Violence Training
QATSICPP’s Partnership with the Centre for Domestic and Family Violence Research and funded by the Department of Communities (Child Safety) to provide accredited course to resource and provide training to the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Family Support Services to complement specialist domestic violence interventions and appropriately respond to domestic and family violence concerns within ‘at risk’ Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander families.
Recognised Entity Practice Manual
The development of the Practice Manual with members to assist, guide and support our member agencies work in their function as the Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Recognised Entity Service.
Recognise Entity and Family Support Induction
QATSICPP is in partnership with Health and Community Services Workforce Council Inc (Workforce Council) to delivery induction training to Recognised Entities and Family Support Services.