Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women

Family Participation Program

We have established the 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 including those who are at risk of being the subject of a child protection notification or who are already subject to intervention by the statutory child protection system.

Family in this context is defined broadly to include extended kin relationships and significant individuals from the child’s community.

The FPP commenced at the same time as the Child Protection Reform Amendment Act 2017 was proclaimed and supports the primary principle that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples have the right to self-determination, and the implementation of the 5 elements of the Child Placement Principle:

  • Prevention - a child has the right to be brought up within the child’s own family and community.
  • Participation - a child and the child’s parents and family members have the right to participate in an administrative or judicial process for making a significant decision about a child.
  • Partnership - Aboriginal or Torres Strait islander peoples have the right to participate in significant decisions under the Child Protection Act 1999 about Aboriginal or Torres Strait Islander children, including the design and delivery of programs and services.
  • Placement - if a child is to be placed in care, the child has a right to be placed with a member of the child’s family group. 
  • Connection - a child has a right to be supported to develop and maintain a connection with the child’s family, community, culture, traditions and language.

A key function of the FPP is the facilitation of independent Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Led Decision Making (ATSIFLDM), a process whereby authority is given to parents, families and children to work together to solve problems and lead decision-making in a culturally safe space. 

This program will operate to keep children safe in a way that optimises a families’ participation and confidence in the process while meeting any statutory requirements.

Family Participation Program providers are as listed below:

Catchment

Provider

Phone

Gold Coast

Kalwun Development Corporation Limited

Burleigh 07 5520 8600

Coomera 07 5676 6477

Logan; Beenleigh / Bayside; Browns Plains

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Limited (ATSICHS)

07 3239 5381

Beaudesert

Mununjali

07 5541 2575

Brisbane

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Health Service Brisbane Limited (ATSICHS)

07 3240 8924

Moreton Bay Sunshine Coast, and Gympie

REFOCUS Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Corporation

07 5442 3992

Toowoomba and South West

Goolburri Aboriginal Health Advancement Company Limited

07 4637 9953

Ipswich and surrounds

Kambu Medical Centre Ipswich Inc.

07 5465 3353

South Burnett

CRAICCHS

07 4169 8600

Rockhampton, Gladestone and Emerald

Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd (CQID)

07 4920 0000

Wide Bay: Maryborough and Bundaberg

Central Queensland Indigenous Development Ltd (CQID)

Bundaberg 07 4911 6712

Harvey Bay 07 4911 6715

Mackay and surrounds (incl. Bowen)

Marabisda Inc.

07 4848 1062 or 0422 832 160

Townsville

Townsville Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Corporation for Health Services

07 4431 1458

Mount Isa

Aboriginal and Islanders Development and Recreational Women's Association Mount Isa and District Inc.

07 4743 0440

Palm Island

Palm Island Community Company

07 4421 4300

Cairns and surrounds, and Cape York

WuChopperen Health Service Ltd

07 4080 1000

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