This week in review - 17 November 2016

Mark Henley

Strengthening our place - Fraser Coast

Last week I spent two days with the Fraser Coast community working through ideas and solutions to make child and family services better!  This was the second two-day workshopduring which we have worked alongside communities in central Queensland.  We are delighted to be doing this work with the Queensland Family and Child Commission and appreciate their support.  I was impressed with the openness and passion of people, acknowledging that there is much better work that can and should be done.  There were some great projects developed and we look forward to continuing to work in these communities to see the some of them.  QCOSS has been clear and consistent in stating that the solutions to good service responses and support lay in the community and this forum supported that statement.

AGM reminder

Just a reminder that the AGM is next week, 7:30 am Wednesday 30 November.  We would love to see you there. You can register here.

At this year’s AGM we will be exploring different perspectives from community leaders, learnings from the past, current challenges and opportunities for the future.  On the panel we welcome long-time sector leader Helga Biro from Cairns and most recently CentaCare, emerging leader Nadia Currie from the Queensland Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Child Protection Peak and finally we are delighted to welcome the Hon Shannon Fentiman MP, Minister for Communities, Women and Youth, Minister for Child Safety and Minister for the Prevention of Domestic and Family Violence. 

We will be acknowledging the appointment of two new QCOSS Honorary Life Members in Helga Biro and The Honourable Dame Quentin Bryce.

Deadlines for AGM business are also drawing closer.  The QCOSS website has all of the most up-to-date information so please make sure you have voted and meet the deadlines. 

Review of the Child Protection Act 1999

As you may be aware the next phase of reviewing the Child Protection Act 1999 is under way.  The options paper was released in October and consultation is now happening about the 13 specific areas identified in previous consultation.  This is a critical opportunity to have a say in such an important part of looking after our vulnerable children, many of whom live in poverty.  I urge you to get involved if you can.  More details about the consultation are available on the Queensland Government website.

Vale Rev Colin Arkell

It is with sadness that I note the passing of Rev Colin Arkell, a QCOSS Life Member.  We pass our sympathy and thoughts to his family and are appreciative of the support he has offered QCOSS and the broader community.


Mark Henley
Chief Executive Officer

17 November 2016