The Department of Housing and Public Works (DHPW) provides a range of housing services for Queenslanders, including children who are in need of protection and their family.
A child in need of protection subject to in-home intervention includes:
- a child at risk of being removed from their family
- an unborn child at risk of being removed from their parents following birth
- a child (currently living with an approved foster or kinship carer) who is returning to live with their family.
Where support is required for housing services for a child and their family:
- discuss the referral process with the applicant
- complete Part A—Referral to the Department of Housing and Public Works to request housing assistance for a child in need of protection.
Upon receipt of Part A, the Housing Service Centre will:
- check the referral has been completed and signed by the applicant and Child Safety
- complete and forward Part B—Referral to the Department of Housing and Public Works to Child Safety within 2 business days of receiving the referral.
After receiving Part B:
- contact the Housing Service Centre to arrange a meeting to discuss the referral
- involve the applicant whose housing need is being met
- develop a Joint action plan with the DHPW to determine what form of housing assistance is required and to ensure all parties understand their commitment
- ensure the joint action plan is signed by the DHPW and Child Safety
- place a signed copy of the joint action plan on the relevant client file.
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