Memoranda of understanding
Memoranda of understanding (MOU) and protocol documents establish contractual terms, agreements and relationships between Child Safety and other government or non-government agencies.
The agreements established in an MOU may contain confidential business information and processes that are not disclosed to third parties. The Director of Legal Services must give approval for release of information to a third party. MOUs are not to be distributed outside of Child Safety or to parties not mentioned in the agreement without permission from Legal Services.
Queensland Health Child and Youth Mental Health Services
This MOU is an agreement between Child and Youth Mental Health Service (CYMHS) and Child Safety:
- to promote tangible improvements in their partnership to enhance services for children and young people with mental health issues who are at risk of harm or in need of protection.
Specific areas of agreement covered by this MOU are:
- communication and information sharing
- responding to children and young people with mental health conditions
- case planning for children and young people with mental health conditions who are subject to ongoing Child Safety intervention
- admission to CYMHS hospital inpatient units.
Interim Memorandum of Understanding between State of Queensland (through the Department of Communities Child Safety, Youth and Families) and State of Queensland (through Queensland Health Child and Youth Mental Health Services)
Department of Housing
This MOU is an agreement between the Department of Housing and Child Safety that sets out an agreed framework for cooperation and collaboration:
- to help ensure no child who is in contact with the child protection system is harmed or placed at risk of harm because of a housing-related issue.
It is intended to be an agreement where the Department of Housing and Child Safety work together to deliver services to vulnerable children and their caregivers.
- Schedule 1: Reporting child protection concerns
The purpose of this schedule is to detail the expectations and roles of both parties with regard to staff of the Department of Housing reporting child protection concerns to Child Safety.
- Schedule 2: Providing housing assistance to children in need of protection
The purpose of this schedule is to provide a framework for both parties to execute and comply with the intent of the Child Protection Act 1999, section 159H in a reasonable, consistent and transparent way.
- Schedule 3: Information sharing between departments of Housing and Child Safety
The purpose of this schedule is to guide decision making when sharing information between the Department of Housing and Child Safety.
The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland
This MOU is an agreement between the Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (RSPCA) and Child Safety:
- to promote effective communication and collaborative service provisin to achieve quality services for children and young people who have been harmed or are at risk of harm and to advance the welfare of all animals by preventing cruelty, alleviating suffering and promoting welfare through education and advocacy.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between The State of Queensland, through Child Safety, Youth and Families Department of Communities and The Royal Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals Queensland
Department of Justice and Attorney-General
This MOU is an agreement between the Department of Justice and Attorney-General (Youth Justice) and Child Safety to promote improvements in partnership to enhance services for young people.
Specific areas of agreement covered by this MOU are:
- standards for exchanging sensitive client information
- improving clarity about client confidentiality
- clarifying privacy arrangements
The Information Sharing between Child Safety and Youth Justice Communique provides a summary of the MOU for Child Safety staff.
Department of Education—education outcomes
This MOU is an agreement between the Department of Education and Child Safety which represents the shared responsibility:
- to ensure children in care achieve the best possible educational outcomes, and have the skills and support necessary for their learning and development to enable them to participate in education and employment to their full potential.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Department of Child Safety (Child Safety) Youth and Women and and Department of Education : Education Outcomes (including Education Support Funding Program) 1 July 2019 to 30 June 2022
Department of Education—principal advisors student protection
This MOU is an agreement between the Department of Education and Child Safety leveraging the opportunities to improve the oversight of student protection reporting obligations through the employment of a network of Principal Advisors—Student Protection.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety) and Department of Education and Training: Contribution of funds towards eight Principal Advisor—Student Protection Officers 2015-16 to 2016-17
Deed of Variation—Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services (Child Safety) and Department of Education and Training: Contribution of funds towards eight Principle Advisor—Student Protection Officers to 30 June 2018
Office of the Public Guardian—information exchange
This MOU is an agreement between the Office of the Public Guardian (OPG) and Child Safety that clarifies the authority to share certain information and provides clear mechanisms for information exchange, both locally and centrally, between the parties.
Office of the Public Guardian—complaints management
This MOU is an agreement between the Office of the Public Guardian and Child Safety that provides for an agreed understanding and process for the management of complaints raised by the OPG.
The MOU details the type of matters that will be referred by the OPG as complaints, how complaints that are formally referred will be actioned, and how they will be monitored and recorded within the respective systems used by the OPG and Child Safety.
Department of Communities—access to confidential information through shared information systems
This MOU is an agreement between the Department of Communities and Child Safety to document the agreement under the Juvenile Justice Act 1992, section 297A and the Child Protection Act 1999, section 189A to make information stored in the shared information systems available to officers of their respective departments for the purpose of performing their duties.
Department of Communities—improving the interface between the Department of Communities-funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Program youth services and Child Safety
This MOU between the Department of Communities and Child Safety promotes understanding about the role of Supported Accommodation Assistance Program youth services in providing services to children and young people who are under the age of 18 years and who are subject to a child protection order under the Child Protection Act 1999.
Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) between the Department of Child Safety and the Department of Communities - improving the interface between Department of Child Safety funded Supported Accommodation Assistance Program (SAAP) youth services and Department of Child Safety.
The National Disability Agreement
The National Disability Agreement (NDA) provides the national framework and main areas of reform for the provision of government support services for people with disabilities.
The NDA reflects a strong commitment to increasing opportunities for people with a disability to participate in and enjoy economic and social life and enjoy choice, wellbeing and the opportunity to live as independently as possible. The NDA also includes commitments to supporting families and carers.
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