The Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC) and Queensland Council of Social Service (QCOSS) recently commenced the third and final phase of the joint project Strengthening our place.
The project, which got underway in 2016, has seen the QFCC and QCOSS work in partnership with Queensland communities to build their service capacity and capabilities, strengthen their workforce and identify collaborative solutions to local complex social problems.
While government agencies have been involved, Strengthening our place promotes the value of community leadership of place based responses by involving non-government services, local council services, health services, community members, local businesses and local Elders to identify local solutions.
QFCC Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon said “by working together effectively, local communities have developed solutions drawing on the strengths within their own community through an integrated approach.”
“This latest phase of the workseeks to create a culture change across the sector by better informing sustainable community driven place based work and aligning processes and structures across government, sector and community to support community-led place based work,” Ms Vardon said.
The project falls under the recently released Second Action Plan: Strengthening our sector 2017-19 and is crucial to the forward planning for the sector. The strategy aims to strengthen the child and family support workforce, organisations and professional culture. Additionally, in line with the values of the Strengthening our place project, the strategy has been designed to draw on the strengths, skills, inherent attributes and lived experience of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples to benefit and deliver culturally responsive solutions for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children, families and communities.
Ms Vardon said, like QCOSS, the QFCC values Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural knowledge, relationships with children and families, community connections and engagement to respond to local issues.
“The QFCC is proud to partner with QCOSS to deliver Strengthening our place and we look forward to sharing this approach with communities across Queensland in 2018,” she said.
For more information about the Strengthening our place project contact Bonni Guilfoyle at [email protected] or visit: https://www.qfcc.qld.gov.au/strengthening-our-sector