Partners in reform

Caring for children and keeping them safe is a shared responsibility.

Government, non-government agencies and communities have been working together to build an integrated child and family support system to deliver efficient, effective and sustainable support to Queensland children, young people, families and communities.

Non-government organisations and community groups are represented on key advisory bodies. These arrangements recognise and value the commitment and dedication of our non-government partners across the state to making a difference in the lives of vulnerable children and their families.

Local level alliances

Local level alliances across Queensland are responsible for identifying the family support services that local communities need, and how that need can be met. 

The alliances are a key element of Family and Child Connect services, and are designed to ensure families are supported with an integrated mix of services that respond to local needs and issues.

Membership varies depending on local needs and priorities, however, each alliance includes representatives from government and non-government organisations who work with vulnerable families and children.

Regional Child and Family committees

Regional Child, Youth and Family committees determine regional priorities for implementing the Supporting Families Changing Futures reform program and play a key role in facilitating effective working relationships at regional and local levels.

The committees were established across the state in response to Recommendations 12.4 and 12.12 in the Queensland Child Protection Commission of Inquiry’s final report.

While membership varies depending on regional needs and priorities, each committee includes representatives from both government and non-government agencies from across their region.

Children and Families Peak Advisory Group

The Children and Families Peak Advisory Group was formed to focus on systemic issues impacting the family support and child protection system. The group works closely with the Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs to provide knowledge and expertise on the development of responses, informed by the lived experience of the individuals, communities and groups the members represent.

Members of the Children and Families Peak Advisory Group include:

  • Deidre Mulkerin, Director-General, Department of Children, Youth Justice and Multicultural Affairs (Chair)
  • Andrew Foley, Acting Queensland State Coordinator, CREATE Foundation
  • Garth Morgan, Chief Executive Officer, Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak
  • Bryan Smith, Executive Director, Queensland Foster and Kinship Care
  • Karyn Walsh, Chief Executive Officer, Micah Projects (auspice of the Family Inclusion Network South East Queensland)
  • Lindsay Wegener, Executive Director, PeakCare Queensland.