Strengthening our Place is a partnership between the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and the Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS). Strengthening our Place is a place-based initiative now in the third and final phase. This place-based initiative focuses on Central Queensland, with Fraser Coast and Capricornia as target communities.
In 2016, the Capricornia Leadership Group (then called the Rockhampton Advisory Group) was established as part of the Strengthening our Place pilot initiative. This pilot aimed to work with communities to empower local networks of services to prioritise initiatives in partnership with community to:
- Build service capacity and capabilities
- Strengthen workforce to respond to a changing service environment
- Identify joint solutions and pilot collaborative partnerships to shift the way children and families experience interacting with professionals across the sector.
In 2017, the second phase of Strengthening our Place saw the Advisory Groups in Fraser Coast and Rockhampton guide the work of small projects which had emerged as part of their work in 2016. These projects were:
- Bringing and Keeping our Ghundus Home (Fraser Coast)
- Families Voices Being Heard (Capricornia)
- Leadership Development Program (Fraser Coast and Capricornia).
In 2018, the name Advisory Group was changed to Leadership Group to more accurately reflect the work the group does in actioning change in their communities.
Also, in 2018, the third and final phase of Strengthening our Place will see the Capricornia Leadership Group working closely on outcome one of Strengthening our Place, which is:
The Capricornia and Fraser Coast communities lead place-based responses that support system and professional culture change for the benefit of Queensland’s children and families.
These communities work together to achieve better outcomes for children and families by:
- Having trusting relationships across a broad range of local stakeholders
- Understanding the value of collaborative place based approaches
- Leading the development of local solutions to local issues
- Genuinely involving children and families in developing responses.
The second outcome of phase three is: The Queensland child and family support sector is supported to understand and implement place-based responses through a variety of resources.
The work of outcome one will be documented in such a way that resources can be created, including a variety of communication channels and web-based resources such as case studies, videos and reports.