Safe and healthy children, young people, families and communities who enjoy equitable access to life opportunities.
To lead in partnership with others:
the pursuit of excellence in the development of child protection policies, programs and practice
improvements to the integration and functioning of the child protection system, and
the social action needed to promote the safety, well-being and life opportunities of children, young people and their families.
Staying true to the original intentions of providing an independent and impartial voice able to represent and promote matters of interest to the non-government sector, PeakCare remains a not-for-profit organisation with a Membership base comprising of non-government organisations involved in providing child protection, out of home care and related services. A network of Supporters made up of individuals or other entities with an interest in child protection also subscribe to PeakCare.
Whilst primarily funded by successive Queensland governments that have recognised the value of having an independent peak body with whom to negotiate and liaise, PeakCare is also financially assisted in meeting our objectives through membership fees and fees for a range of activities provided by the organisation.
We work collaboratively with other peak bodies such as the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak (QATSICPP), CREATE Foundation, Foster Care Queensland (FCQ), Youth Affairs Network of Queensland (YANQ) and Queensland Council of Social Services (QCOSS) and are involved in national advocacy efforts through our membership of Child and Family Welfare Association of Australia (CAFWAA) and Families Australia.
In keeping with our Constitution, the strategic directions and governance of our organisation are guided and monitored by a Board comprised of elected representatives from non-Government organisations.
PeakCare was established in 1999 having evolved from the Child Adolescent and Family Welfare Association of Queensland (CAFWAQ) and prior to that, the Board of Governing Authorities for residential care.
Formation of the Board of Governing Authorities was an active expression of the interest held by non-government providers of residential services for children and young people in creating an independent organisation that could impartially represent their shared interests and concerns.
The shift to CAFWAQ occurred in response to a growing awareness of not only other forms of out-of-home care being provided by non-government organisations for children and young people, but also the increasing range of child, youth and family support services that were seen as integral to an effective child protection system. The providers of these services also wished to have their voices properly represented and heard.
Leadership, integrity and courage
Respect and valuing of diversity
Partnership and collaboration
Reconciliation and the honouring of the First Peoples of the Land
Confidence and optimism