VULNERABLE Queensland families will now receive more support than ever, with $406 million over five years going to family services and better child protection in this year’s State Budget.
Premier Campbell Newman said the funding would implement the Government’s response to recommendations from the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, which was promised at the election.
“This funding will allow us to overhaul the child protection system and help make Queensland the safest place in Australia to raise a child,” Mr Newman said.
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The Queensland Government accepted the 121 recommendations of the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry, including six accepted in principle.
Child Safety Minister Tracy Davis said the $406 million would begin to be rolled out from next financial year with almost $25 million allocated to Child Safety Services to start implementing the reforms.
In the 2014–15 financial year $25 million will include:
- $2.9 million to implement new community based intake and referral services in the first six locations across the state
- $6.5 million to increase secondary family support services targeting vulnerable families with multiple and complex needs
- $3 million to develop and implement a new Child Protection Practice Framework for frontline child protection staff to better support families to care for their children at home and avoid out-of-home care
- $2.5 million to improve the support for young people transitioning from out-of-home care to independence, including targeted post-care support up to the age of 21 years
- $1.5 million to work with key partners to reform Indigenous family support services and $1.4 million for culturally appropriate child protection practice.
In addition to the $25 million, funding of $6.5 million will go towards employing more than 70 Child Safety officers to address workloads and assist in the vital reform work.
More information about the Government’s response to the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry Final Report is available at: www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/reform-and-renewal/child-and-family-reforms