The recently established Centre of Excellence (CoE) is an exciting new initiative developed by QATSCIPP which aligns to the Queensland Government’s plans to develop the state’s first Children and Families Centre of Excellence. Primarily the CoE will seek to establish and embed best practices in policy, practice and program delivery to significantly improve outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families in Queensland.

“We know Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people have inherent cultural knowledge to grow up strong, safe and connected children. The aspiration of the Centre of Excellence is to embed Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge in the Queensland child protection system. We want to ensure evidence designed by us is used to drive change and deliver outcomes for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families and most importantly, this becomes the rule rather than the exception,”
Garth Morgan, QATSICPP Interim CEO

Building on QATSICPP’s existing strategic linkages to academics and institutions with significant expertise relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children and families, child protection practice and system reform, the CoE’s key objectives are to:

  • Build a critical evidence base informed by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander knowledge and experience to influence policies and practices to combat the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the child protection system.
  • Explore and promote innovative practices of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Controlled Organisations in the child protection sector.
  • Explore and promote innovative collaborations between the Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women and Community Controlled Organisations that give effect to the intent of the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Placement Principle.

To find out more about our plans for the CoE or how you can be involved please fill out the inquiry form below.