Time for a Change

by PeakCare Qld on 20th May 2012

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Minister Fentiman delivers enthralling speech at PeakCare's AGM

by PeakCare Qld
on 12th December 2016

If you were unable to attend PeakCare’s AGM on Wednesday, 7th December 2016, make sure you read the enthralling speech delivered by the Honourable Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence.

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Your candidates for PeakCare's Board for 2017

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New Family and Child Connect services (FaCC), Intensive Family Support services (IFS) and specialist Domestic and Family Violence services

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The Queensland Government Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (the department) wishes to advise of the release of an Expression of Interest (EOI) for Mount Isa / Gulf Family Support and Domestic and Family Violence Prevention and Support Services

More about the Royal Commission into the South Australian child protection system

by PeakCare Qld
on 18th August 2016

The South Australian Child Protection Systems Royal Commission Report, The life they deserve, was released in early August 2016. The report is presented in two volumes. The first volume sets out what the Royal Commission did to examine the adequacy of current laws and policies to protect children and young people, system deficits and 260 recommendations addressing a wide range of structural, system and practice aspects across the SA government and service system. The second volume contains 5 case studies that examine the operation of the system and practice quality in specific areas. Four focus on the individual circumstances of young children, intervening in high risk families, leaving care, and children with complex needs in out of home care.

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All approved foster carers should have a Foster Carer Agreement, which is an individualised agreement between a carer, the department and, where appropriate, a foster and kinship care service. It outlines the terms, conditions and responsibilities for working together. The Foster Carer Agreement will also include the carer’s preferences, considerations and capacity for placements. It should also document the carer’s ongoing development and support needs, so that the department can assist them in their valuable role of caring for children.

The Department is making significant changes to the Foster Carer Agreement. The changes are intended to improve how the department provides for carers’ support and learning and development needs.

As of 18 June 2012, the Foster Carer Agreement form and process will change as follows:

  • The form will be shortened, to reduce the amount of repetitive information collected and to better focus on the needs of the carer.

  • The initial Foster Carer Agreement should be completed for the first time prior to a carer’s first placement of a child.

  • The review of the Foster Carer Agreement will now occur at the time of the carer’s renewal of approval (one year after initial approval and every two years thereafter).

  • An additional, early review of the Foster Carer Agreement can also occur any time the carer requests a review of their agreement. Other early reviews may occur if the carer’s circumstances or capacity change (for example, if a new adult joins the household, if the carer moves from part time to full time work, or after a matter of concern to document any required additional supports).

Foster Carer Agreements are not required for kinship carers, as any support or learning and development needs should be recorded in the placement agreement for any children placed with the carer.

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