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Lucas Moore, Queensland Coordinator for the CREATE Foundation has written to PeakCare and other agencies with the following information.

 

I write to you regarding the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry (http://www.childprotectioninquiry.qld.gov.au).

Last week CREATE met with a number of staff from the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry to talk about how children and young people with a care experience could have their say in the process.

CREATE has been informed that the Commissioner of the Inquiry, Tim Carmody, is very keen to hear directly from children and young people about their experiences of the care system. 

There are a number of ways you can support a child or young person to have their say in the Inquiry;

  • Anyone, including children and young people, can make a submission to the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry.  Submissions do not have to use formal language.  Submissions can be made via an online form: https://www.childprotectioninquiry.qld.gov.au/submissions/submission-to-queensland-child-protection-commission-of-inquiry or post to Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry PO Box 12196, George St QLD 4003.  The first round of submissions are due on September 28th.
  • CREATE will be putting together a submission based on the key systemic issues for children and young people with a care experience. We will be looking for young people's stories to be included in our submission as de-identified case studies. If you know of children or young people who would like to share their story, please contact lucas.moore@create.org.au or call (07) 3317 6020.
  • Some young people may wish to appear before the Inquiry in person to give evidence or tell their story.   This can be a very a daunting experience for young people and they need to be appropriately supported.  There is no guarantee that everyone who wants to speak at the Inquiry will be given the chance to do so.  If you are interested in doing this please call the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry 1300505903 or CREATE Foundation on (07) 3317 6020 (ask to speak to Lucas,Kelly or Che).

 

Some important things for children and young people to consider when participating in the Inquiry;

  • The Commission of Inquiry wants to hear more than just the negatives – you also might want to share some really good experiences whilst you’ve had in care and what you think is working really well. 
  • It could bring things up for you – it’s not unusual for stuff to come up about our experiences, but it is really important to think about how you would manage it. You need to ask yourself, what would you do if it does? 
  • Are there appropriate people in place to help you with your submission?
  • The Inquiry may publish submissions– which means what you have said is not going to disappear. Once you’ve said something, it’s there for good for others to hear and see. You need to think about whether you want people to be able to see this in 20 years time.
  • You need to make sure you have your facts straight – if things are vague in your memory and you are not sure – say so.

CREATE believes children and young people are the direct stakeholders who are immediately and most directly affected by the out?of?home care system.  Where appropriate, we encourage you to inform and support those in your care to participate in the Queensland Child Protection Inquiry. 

Please contact me if you have any further questions.

Kind Regards,

Lucas Moore
Queensland Coordinator

CREATE Foundation

T  07 3317 6020 |  07 3317 6026 |  M 0402 441 621|   W   www.create.org.au/qld

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