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Blue Card and Foster Care Systems Review Terms of Reference

The Terms of Reference (ToR) for the Blue Card and Foster Care Systems Review have been released by QFCC Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon.

The ToR’s provide the framework for the Expert Panel and Principal Commissioner Vardon to lead a detailed review of these 2 important systems designed to help keep Queensland children safe and protected.

Terms of Reference

The review of the Blue Card and Foster Care Systems was requested in September by the Premier following the tragic death of Tiahleigh Palmer, a child in foster care.

The review is to be conducted under Part 3 of the Family and Child Commission Act 2014.

The ToR under which the review will be conducted are as follows:

  1. Explore ways to build and sustain public confidence in the Blue Card and Foster Care Systems.
  2. Review the Blue Card System legislation, including its scope, to identify any gaps, barriers, inconsistencies or inefficiencies in meeting the safety needs of children in Queensland.
  3. Review key Blue Card System operations to identify opportunities to streamline, innovate and enhance access for members of the community, including Aboriginal people and Torres Strait Islanders.
  4. Audit and review foster carer approval and monitoring processes, to assess their effectiveness as safeguards for vulnerable children and to identify any gaps or inconsistencies in meeting the safety needs of children in Queensland.
  5. Review Child Safety Services within the Department of Communities, Child Safety and Disability Services to determine whether it is operating effectively, including engaging with frontline staff through targeted consultation to determine any capacity issues or pressure points in meeting the safety needs of children in the Child Protection System.

Download a full copy of Terms of Reference Blue Card and Foster Care Systems Review

Last modified: 
22 November 2017