What is the Queensland Family Participation Program?
The Queensland Government department of Child Safety, Youth and Women has established a Family Participation Program (FPP) to support Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families to participate in Child Protection Decision Making.
The focus of the program is Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Families with children and young people under the age of 18 years old. The program seeks to engage with families where there is a risk of child protection notification and involvement with the family or where there has already been an intervention by the government child protection system.
Family in this context doesn’t just mean mother and father. It includes people who have kinship relationships and also significant people from the child or young persons community.
Part of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017.
The purpose of the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 to make changes to the Child Protection Act 1999 to improve outcomes for children, young people and families where the intervention of child protection authorities is needed.
The Supporting Families Changing Futures approach to helping families in difficulties is focused on providing the right services at the right time to support families and keep children safely at home in line with the following vision.