Providing children and young people with safe and caring environments.
Our Child Safety program operates on a continuity of care from supporting parents/carers in the community to raise happy, healthy children through to the provision of out-of-home care (OOHC) for those who are unable to live with their primary caregivers.
Caring for children and keeping them safe is a shared responsibility with government and non-government agencies, communities, businesses and industry working together to raise safe, well, healthy and supported children. In Australia, the number of children in care continues to rise and evidence indicates that these children face many challenges including placement stability and transition out of care.
Across our Child Safety services we include both the provision of family support, as well as supported accommodation services for children and young people aged 0 to 17 years. We work with around 5 vulnerable families a week across Southern Queensland who are affected by a range of unique challenges. These challenges have the potential to impact on the safety of children and young people and, in some cases, can mean that it is no longer safe for them to reside in the family home.
We employ dedicated specialist staff to work with families, young people and children at risk of harm, and provide over 15 different parenting and child safety services and programs across the Sunshine Coast and Toowoomba regions.
Through the delivery of our Child Safety services and programs, we are committed to supporting:
- Vulnerable families to help them to maintain the family unit (where the young person is safe)
- Children who cannot remain living safely with their parents
As a Licensed Care provider, our Child Safety services and programs are funded by the Queensland Department of Child Safety, Youth and Women.
If you have reason to suspect a child is experiencing, or is at risk of abuse, contact: The Child Safety Service Centre on 1800 177 135 or (07) 3235 9999 (24 hours a day) if outside business hours.
Residential Care service
Accommodates a child or young person in need of care and protection. By providing community-based care and shared living, young people are supported by dedicated care teams.
Our Supported Independent Living service
Provides support for young people transitioning from statutory care to adulthood and independence, where our care teams focus on helping young people to achieve their goals and find safe and sustainable places to live.
Our Foster and Kinship Care service
Provides support to foster and kinship carers and children who have been referred by child safety and need some assistance due to trauma, disabilities, and family reunification.
Our Intensive Family Support service (IFS)
Program works with families who have multiple and / or complex needs. It is a consent-based program that responds to vulnerable families with children and young people who are at risk of involvement in the statutory child protection system and builds their capacity to safely care for and protect their children.
Our Youth Support Program
Provides case management support to young people in complex situations with limited support networks. This program includes a long-standing MoU with Youth Justice to provide practical and emotional support to young people and their families / carers when navigating the children’s court system.
Our Family Support Program
Provides case management support, group courses and workshops to parents and young people, aimed at developing parenting skills and personal development.
Our Bridging Families Program
Helps families to provide a safe and protective environment for their children. The aim is for family preservation, where a child is living at home under intervention and is monitored by Child Safety Services, or when a child has been living in and out of Home Care and it is in their best interests to be reunified with their family.
Dear Craig, just thought you would be chuffed with an update on my little family’s progress.
We now have a proper family lounge room with lounges and a tv. I have reduced the number of birds I have at our home which gives me more time to be a good mum. I have also partnered up with a not for profit organisation that takes tamed parrots into aged care for therapy and companionship for our golden oldies. Both boys have their own room and space with en-suite downstairs. N & L don’t try to kill each other much any more and both have healthy peer relationships with their friends. L has friends!!! And lots of them. We have an open door policy which is working for us and shows my sons that everyone has problems in their family circle. Not just us.
L volunteers every time to assist me with groceries and any other tasks that I need help with. He doesn’t swear or threaten me but instead he is my loving and lovable son once again. Schooling has been difficult with the corona but we are all doing our best to overcome this together. And last week I was able to get all our things out of storage!! We miss B being around but he is shining brightly just over the mountain and we see him weekly. All in all we are eating properly, we are treating each other properly and we are doing this thing called life together as a family. Craig you have not been forgotten and we talk about you often (good things) I just wanted to touch base and let you know WE DID IT!! We made it!! And we Thank you from the bottom of our heart. ❤️
Recently our Child Safety team supported a young, single mother to obtain accommodation. Facing lengthy and challenging family court matters, housing is often the biggest challenge and concern for our families.