The Department of Child Safety, Seniors and Disability Services acknowledges the impact of historical and past practices on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander peoples through the forced removal of children from their families. This continues to have a devastating impact on Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families, communities and cultural continuity.
As the agency responsible for keeping children safe in Queensland, we must not repeat the past. Through our policies and daily work with families, we must always be looking for ways to address the overrepresentation of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children in the system.
We will do this by working in partnership with Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander families and communities. We will follow families’ lead and foster self-determination (control over their own lives) so that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander children are safe, connected and have a lived experience of their culture.
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