MIL-OSI Australia: Report shows Queensland making progress on child safety, youth justice

Source: Government of Queensland

Queensland is continuing to make headway in its efforts to address the needs of children, according to the Productivity Commission’s Report on Government Services 2019 (RoGs).
Minister for Child Safety, Youth Justice and Women Di Farmer said the report showed that Queensland was making progress but there were still improvements to be made to make sure child safety and youth justice systems were as robust as they could be.
“12 new beds at the Cleveland Youth Detention Centre and 16 new beds at the Brisbane Youth Detention Centre will take the pressure off our corrective system”, Ms Farmer said.
“Through our Youth Justice Strategy we are looking to keep young people from reoffending.” 
For instance, RoGS highlighted the positive impact restorative justice, or youth justice conferencing, was having on young people and victims of crime in Queensland.
“While Queensland’s performance cannot be compared to previous years due to the transition of 17-year-olds into the Youth Justice system, the results for 2017-18 are positive with 95 per cent of victims satisfied with conference results.” Ms Farmer said.
“We are also seeing positive results in terms of community-based orders with 81 per cent of all orders successfully completed for 2017-18.
“The Palaszczuk Government is looking at evidence-based strategies that work like these to reduce reoffending.”
Regarding child protection, RoGS shows that more Queensland children and families at risk are receiving vital early intervention services than ever before.
Ms Farmer said the report showed a 7.5 percent increase from the previous year (2016-17) in the number of children who were receiving Intensive Family Support services.
“We know that early intervention is the key to keeping families and children becoming out of the child safety and youth justice system and our commitment to this is evident in these figures,” Ms Farmer said.
“Since 2015, 44 Intensive Family Support services have been established across the state to support families under stress to access the support they need as early as possible.
“We have also rolled out 33 Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Family Wellbeing services to provide early intervention and support for Indigenous families.”
Ms Farmer said that demand on the child safety system increased with issues like the prevalence of ICE and other drugs continuing to impact families across Queensland.
“There has been a small increase in the number of child safety notifications when compared to last year, as the result of more reporting from mandatory notifiers,” Ms Farmer said.
“The increase in notifications means more demand for investigations and we have recognised this by substantially boosting frontline child safety staff to help cope with the demand.
“We are employing an additional 458 staff over three years from 2016-17, including 93 this financial year which continues to help drive caseloads for staff down.”
The RoGs report is available on the Productivity Commission website at www.pc.gov.au.
 
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Media Contact:                      Minister Farmer’s office                                  3719 7336 

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MIL-OSI Australia: Centre Against Domestic Abuse to Support Women in Moreton

Source: Government of Queensland

The Centre Against Domestic Abuse (CADA) will lead a new High Risk Team being established in the Moreton and Caboolture area as the Queensland Government continues its push to keep victims of domestic and family violence safe.
Member for Morayfield Mark Ryan said the new High Risk Team was on track to start operating in early 2019 and would undertake complex risk assessment and safety planning to keep local women and their children safe from serious or potentially lethal violence.
“CADA will receive $210,000 per annum in funding each year over three years to coordinate the work of the Moreton High Risk Team to help make sure women and children are kept safe,” he said.
“This service is extremely well placed to coordinate the Moreton High Risk Team with a strong understanding of domestic and family violence as well as local issues.
“They have experience in undertaking multi-agency risk assessments and safety planning in the region and have experience working with both the victims and perpetrators of domestic and family violence, including Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people as well as those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds.”
Mr Ryan said the new High Risk Team would consist of agencies, organisations and private practitioners all working better together.
“This means women and children who are impacted by domestic and family violence will receive quality, consistent support,” he said.
“We know that one agency on its own often will not have all the pieces of the puzzle needed to keep women and children safe and that’s why it’s crucial we work together.”
Minister for Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence Di Farmer said officers from key agencies including police, health, corrections, housing, child safety and a range of other non-government services who respond to domestic violence would make up the new team.
“By putting a range of different agencies together, we can get a much better view of what’s happening in any given situation, because each agency has a piece of the puzzle,” Ms Farmer said.
“When you put all those pieces together, the High Risk Team can see the big picture and more accurately assess the risk for victims, and that means when urgent support is needed the team can act swiftly to get women and children out of danger.
“We also need to make sure perpetrators are kept front and centre and are held to account for their actions.”
The new Moreton High Risk Team is the latest of eight domestic and family violence high risk teams being established in a trial of different locations across Queensland.
Ms Farmer said delivering on this service demonstrated the Palaszczuk Government’s commitment to addressing domestic and family violence.
“The community will not stand for family violence any more, which is why we will continue to implement recommendations from the Not Now, Not Ever report, and invest in critical services in our communities.”
Ms Farmer said high risk teams were currently operating in Logan-Beenleigh, Cherbourg, Mount Isa, Brisbane, Cairns and Ipswich. Mackay, along with Moreton Bay (Caboolture), is commencing operations in early 2019.
For more information on the Queensland Government’s actions to tackle domestic and family violence go to www.communities.qld.gov.au/gateway/end-domestic-and-family-violence
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Media Contact:          Minister Farmer’s office          3719 7336
 

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