(QldGovSpin) "Department Of Child Safety" Press releases for tomorrows "official opening", Sept 1st 2004

Submitted by Editor on Tue, 31/08/2004 - 23:46

* $1.0 Million boost top assist Brisbane children with complex and challenging behaviours
* $2.5 Million boost for innovative partnership approach in Redlands/Bayside
* $2.5 Million boost for innovative partnership approach in Wynnum
* $500,000 Boost to help vulnerable children in Mackay, Whitsundays AND Bowen

Kens Comment * There has been no mention of compensation for those children who have been stolen.
* There is no mention about bringing public servants who stole the children to justice.
* How many children are in care in each district.
* How many staff are employed in each district.
The last count I did in this district showed roughly one public servant to each child in care .... and they are employing more!!!

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Child Safety, Mike Reynolds
childsafety@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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31/08/04

$1 Million boost top assist brisbane children with complex and challenging behaviours

A Brisbane respite service for children and young people with complex support needs will receive more than one million dollars in funding over the next three years, Minister for Child Safety Mike Reynolds announced today.

Minister Reynolds said he had approved funds of over $350,000 per annum over three years for Windsor-based organisation Life without Barriers to pilot a short-term respite service for children aged between eight and 15 years who displayed complex and challenging behaviours.

Mr Reynolds said the funding would help children who were subject to child protection orders or at risk of coming into care to access natural respite opportunities, rather than 'stranger' respite.

"Natural respite allows a child to be cared for by someone they know and trust, whether it be a relative carer or recreational groups that are known and linked to the child," Mr Reynolds said.

"This approach strengthens the young person's care system and allows them to work through their complex issues with the support and involvement of the community," he said.

The community service is funded under the State Government's Queensland Families: Future Directions initiative and has been selected for piloting following evaluation by the Department of Child Safety over a 12-month trial period.

Mr Reynolds said that during the 12-month trial, Life Without Barriers provided 105 respite placements for 36 young people.

"Of these placements, more than half were linked to community services such as education, sporting and cultural groups and accessed weekend and holiday camps," he said.

Mr Reynolds said protecting Queensland's children and young people was a serious issue that every community needed to address.

"Child protection is a joint government and community responsibility, and by working together we can offer vulnerable children a safe and caring environment in which to grow."

Mr Reynolds said the funding demonstrated the Beattie Government's commitment to developing strong and productive partnerships with community organisations - a key recommendation of the Crime and Misconduct report into abuse of children in foster care and the subsequent Blueprint for reform.

Mr Reynolds announced triennial funding under the initiative for three additional community projects, including:

* Save the Children Fund - Wynnum Redland Integrated Care and Support Initiative, Wynnum/Redland ($842,910 per annum for three years);
* Churches of Christ - Respite Services and Alternative Placement Support Service, Mackay/Whitsunday ($187,881 per annum for three years); and
* Lifeline Community Care - Respite Service Project, Cairns ($250,328 per annum for three years).

Media Contacts:
John Ross on 3224 7081 or
Karla Steen on 3235 9236

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Child Safety, Mike Reynolds
childsafety@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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31/08/04

$2.5 Million boost for innovative partnership approach in redlands/bayside

A family support service will receive more than $2.5 million in funding over the next three years to provide care and support services for young people in the Wynnum and Redlands/Bayside area who were not suited to living in traditional family environments.

Minister for Child Safety Mike Reynolds said he had approved funds of over $840,000 per annum over three years to Wynnum-based organisation Save the Children Fund to develop an out-of-home care and support service system for young people aged 12 to17 years who had intensive support needs.

"This service will provide 12 young people in the community with either residential care or intensive care with a supported family," Mr Reynolds said.

"It will also deliver a therapeutic support and intervention service for 20 young people and an accommodation service for five to six young people who are not suited to living in a family-based home environment," he said.

Member for Redlands John English welcomed the funding, and congratulated the Save the Children Fund for their dedication to children and young people in the area.

"It is essential that organisations such as this are recognised for their contribution to the community and supported in the best possible way.

"The Fund does a wonderful job with some of our most vulnerable children and young people and I hope this funding will help them to continue this great service," Mr English said.

Mr Reynolds said the State Government recognised that a range of alternative care options was needed for children and young people with special support needs, and that community service providers needed to be funded adequately to deliver these services.

"Child protection is a joint government and community responsibility, and by working together we can offer vulnerable children a safe and caring environment in which to grow."

He said the trial service, coordinated through the Wynnum/Redland Integrated Care and Support Initiative, is community-based, with a strong focus on individualised service delivery through effective partnerships.

The community service is funded under the State Government's Queensland Families: Future Directions initiative and was selected for piloting following evaluation by the Department of Child Safety over a 12-month trial period.

Organisations including Anglicare TRACC South, Silky Oaks Children's Haven and Save The Children have been working in partnership to deliver this important service to children and young people in the Wynnum and Redlands area.

"I commend them on their partnership approach to meeting the needs of young people and their families."

Mr Reynolds said the funding demonstrated the Beattie Government's commitment to developing strong and productive partnerships with community organisations - a key recommendation of the Crime and Misconduct report into abuse of children in foster care and the subsequent Blueprint for reform.

Media Contacts: John Ross on 3224 7081 or Karla Steen on 3235 9236.

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Child Safety, Mike Reynolds
childsafety@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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31/08/04

$2.5 Million boost for innovative partnership approach in wynnum

A family support service will receive more than $2.5 million in funding over the next three years to provide care and support services for young people in the Wynnum area who were not suited to living in traditional family environments.

Minister for Child Safety Mike Reynolds said he had approved funds of over $840,000 per annum over three years to Wynnum-based organisation Save the Children Fund to develop an out-of-home care and support service system for young people aged 12 to17 years who had intensive support needs.

"This service will provide 12 young people in the Wynnum community with either residential care or intensive care with a supported family," Mr Reynolds said.

"It will also deliver a therapeutic support and intervention service for 20 young people and an accommodation service for five to six young people who are not suited to living in a family-based home environment," he said.

Member for Lytton Paul Lucas said the State Government recognised that a range of alternative care options was needed for children and young people with special support needs, and that community service providers needed to be funded adequately to deliver these services.

"Child protection is a joint government and community responsibility, and by working together we can offer vulnerable children a safe and caring environment in which to grow."

"The trial service, coordinated through the Wynnum/Redland Integrated Care and Support Initiative, is community-based, with a strong focus on individualised service delivery through effective partnerships," Mr Lucas said.

The community service is funded under the State Government's Queensland Families: Future Directions initiative and was selected for piloting following evaluation by the Department of Child Safety over a 12-month trial period.

Mr Lucas said organisations including Anglicare TRACC South, Silky Oaks Children's Haven and Save The Children have been working in partnership to deliver this important service to children and young people in the Wynnum and Redlands area.

"I commend them on their partnership approach to meeting the needs of young people and their families."

Mr Reynolds said the funding demonstrated the Beattie Government's commitment to developing strong and productive partnerships with community organisations - a key recommendation of the Crime and Misconduct report into abuse of children in foster care and the subsequent Blueprint for reform.

Media Contacts: John Ross on 3224 7081 or Karla Steen on 3235 9236

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Child Safety, Mike Reynolds
childsafety@cabinet.qld.gov.au
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31/08/04

$500,000 Boost to help vulnerable children in Mackay, Whitsundays AND Bowen

A support service for children and young people will receive more than $500,000 in State Government funding over the next three years to provide alternative care and respite services in the Mackay, Whitsunday and Bowen areas.

Minister for Child Safety Mike Reynolds said he had approved funds of over $187,000 per annum over three years to Mackay-based organisation Churches of Christ to assist children and young people in the Mackay and Whitsunday area who were on child protection orders.

"This service will be an important support for children and young people who are suffering or are at risk of abuse or neglect by providing them with access to appropriate respite services and support in finding and sustaining alternative placements," Mr Reynolds said.

"It will also offer other important supports to help these children lead safe happy lives including providing them with short-term counselling, assistance with accommodation and access to other community services," he said.

Member for Mackay Tim Mulherin said the State Government recognised that a range of alternative care options was needed for children and young people with special support needs, and that community service providers needed to be funded adequately to deliver these services.

"Child protection is a joint government and community responsibility, and by working together we can offer vulnerable children a safe and caring environment in which to grow," he said.

The community service is funded under the State Government's Queensland Families: Future Directions initiative and has been selected for piloting following evaluation by the Department of Child Safety over a 12-month trial period.

Mr Mulherin said the funding demonstrated the Beattie Government's commitment to developing strong and productive partnerships with community organisations - a key recommendation of the Crime and Misconduct report into abuse of children in foster care and the subsequent Blueprint for reform.

"This funding is essential to providing the most vulnerable children in the Mackay/Whitsunday region with the best possible support and assistance. I commend the Churches of Christ for their work in the community and their dedication to child protection in the region," he said.

Media Contacts: Karla Steen on 3235 9236 or John Ross on 3224 7081.

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