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Stronger Families

January 2015

Family and Child Connect ready to help vulnerable families

The first seven Family and Child Connect services begin operating across Queensland today. These community-based services will assist vulnerable families to get the help they need by connecting them to the right services at the right time, before Child Safety needs to intervene.

Family and Child Connect is now operating in the following locations:

  • Gold Coast
    21 Tallebudgera Creek Road, West Burleigh
    Service provided by Act for Kids
  • Sunshine Coast (including Gympie)
    33 Dalton Drive, Maroochydore 
    Service provided by Act for Kids
  • Logan
    6 Bindi Street, Logan Central
    Service provided by The Benevolent Society
  • Beenleigh/Bayside
    Unit 2, 59 Alamein Street, Beenleigh
    Service provided by The Benevolent Society
  • Toowoomba (with a satellite service in Roma)
    Toowoomba: 104 South Street, Rangeville
    Roma: Maranoa Regional Council (The Hub), Corner Bungil and Quintin Streets, Roma
    Service provided by Mercy Family Services/Lifeline Darling Downs
  • Townsville
    111 Charters Towers Road, Hermit Park
    Service provided by Mercy Family Services/Palm Island Community Company

Services will be rolled out in another 13 locations in two phases from July 2015 and January 2016.

To contact Family and Child Connect, call 13FAMILY or 13 32 64.

Find out more >>

Changes to legislation now in effect

Mandatory reporting requirements for professionals such as teachers, police, doctors and nurses to report suspected children in need of protection were consolidated in the Child Protection Act 1999 in 2014. These new legislative provisions commence operation today (19 January 2015).

From today, mandatory reporters must report to Child Safety a reasonable suspicion that a child has suffered, is suffering or is at unacceptable risk of suffering significant harm caused by physical or sexual abuse and may not have a parent able and willing to protect them from the harm.

Mandatory reporters may still report to Child Safety a reasonable suspicion a child may be in need of protection where the harm or risk of harm relates to any other type of abuse or neglect.

Find out more >>

www.qld.gov.au/strongerfamilies

Queensland Government


 Motor_Active

The University of Queensland, School of Human Movement Studies runs a land-based remedial movement program, ‘Motor Active’, for children aged 3-12 with motor coordination and developmental disabilities. This program focuses on enhancing confidence, motivation and fundamental motor skills important for child development i.e. balance, strength, flexibility, locomotion, agility, kicking, catching, batting, passing, coordination, spatial awareness and manual dexterity activities. The activities performed within the program are completed one-on-one with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of exercise physiology and are tailored to each child’s individual level of functional ability. We also include group interaction activities into the program to help promote social interaction with other children and reduce social anxiety in a physical activity environment. At the beginning of the program each child completes a motor proficiency fitness assessment which helps determine which of the above areas require additional attention throughout the duration of the program. A final assessment is also completed at the end of the 8 week program to observe the degree of improvement gained across the program.

In addition to the ‘Fundamental Motor Skills’ program offer, Motor Active also runs a ‘Sports Skills’ program designed to provide children with an introduction to individual and team sports and provide a stepping stone between our fundamental motor skills program and school sport.  ‘Sports Skills’ is designed to accommodate school aged children between 5 and 12 years who have difficulty learning sport skills in a school environment. The program  focuses on developing sports skills, game rules and human anatomy knowledge and also provides a setting for enhancing each child’s confidence and motivation in a sporting environment. The program offers one-on-one weekly sessions with an assigned instructor with expert knowledge of exercise physiology. Each session focuses on three sports and includes group interaction (warm-up, game scenarios, cool-down and stretching). The weekly sessions also incorporate learning how the human body works, the muscles important for specific sports and game rules.

For your interest, please find attached additional information about the program, including program dates and prices, and the enrolment form. Enrolments for the Term 3 Motor Active program are currently being taken. The Term 3 program commences on the 24th/25th/26th July and runs for a duration of 8 weeks.

For more information on the program or to enrol a child, please visit our web page www.hms.uq.edu.au/motor-active or contact the program coordinator on (07) 3365 6117 or via email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it .

Download the Motor Active Fact Sheet Here

Download the Motor Active Sports Skills Fact Sheet Here

 


 

Video Life Diaries  

 

Life Diaries have played a critical part in the out-of-home care system for many years but carrying bulky photo albums around may prove problematic for many young people.  A Video Life Diary is a collection of favourite print and digital photos combined with text and music to produce a stunning video. Video Life Diaries offer a contemporary solution for everyone wishing to preserve moments in their life histories. Caroline Elder, owner operator of Video Life Diaries has 18 years experience working in the child protection field and understands the importance of life diaries for children and young people in out-of-home care. Caroline left the Department at the end of 2011 and started her company Video Life Diaries early this year.

To see more on the Video Life Diaries, please click on the link below

www.videolifediaries.com



Community Foster Care Agency Contacts 

Alongside peak bodies and advocacy groups, community foster care agencies have a key role to play in providing foster care related services throughout Queensland. They provide a range of alternative care services, relating to:

  • foster carer recruitment
  • foster carer training
  • foster carer support
  • placement of children and young people in foster care
  • other child protection support services.

The following community agencies provide shared family care services: