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Improving care and post-care for Queensland children and young people

Reforms being delivered under this strategic direction are based on the principles that:

  • where there are no acceptable alternatives, children and young people are taken into care and protected and cared for
  • in care, children and young people will have the supports they need to enjoy their childhood, feel safe and cared for, and develop into adulthood.

The reforms include:

  • conducting a review of more than 4000 cases as part of the out-of-home care audit to assess whether current child protection orders remain in the child’s best interest (recommendation 4.10)
  • co-designing with the non-government sector a trauma-based therapeutic framework to help improve outcomes for children and young people living in residential care (recommendation 8.7)
  • conducting an evaluation of the therapeutic residential care program (recommendation 8.8)
  • strengthening support for young people when they leave care by implementing Next Step After Care—a statewide connections program and tailored individual support services—and negotiating priority access to government services (recommendations 9.1, 9.2, 9.3)
  • the Care Investment Reform initiative (recommendations 8.1, 8.4, 8.5, 8.9, 8.10, 8.11)
  • permanent care for children and young people by developing a model for delivering comprehensive health and developmental assessments, health management planning and care coordination to children in care (recommendation 7.7)
  • continuing to provide specialist therapeutic services to children and young people in care with complex and extreme needs, and developing options to enable early identification of mental health needs and provision of therapeutic health services to children and young people at an earlier stage of statutory intervention to help families care for their children safely at home (recommendation 7.8)
  • delivering kinship care practice skills development workshops in a number of a locations across the state (recommendation 8.3)
  • working with a wide range of stakeholders to inform considerations on permanency options for children in care (recommendation 7.4), including My Home — a new care option that places children in the tertiary system who are unable to be returned to their families, with permanent foster carers
  • investing in the Care2Achieve scholarships for young women leaving care, supporting them to transition to independence and ensure they have every opportunity to achieve their full potential.