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Examination of Foster Care and Blue Card services

The Premier has requested the Principal Commissioner, Cheryl Vardon, lead a comprehensive and thorough examination of the blue card and foster care services in Queensland to identify any improvements which may be required. Cheryl will work with an Expert Panel to deliver this review. As part of this process the Expert Panel and the Queensland Government are committed to starting the implementation of recommendations on a progressive basis. We won’t wait until the end to get started on the work we need to do to strengthen the safeguards for Queensland children.

The work the Queensland Family and Child Commission will do is an extension of the review we initially conducted into the response to the disappearance of Tiahleigh Palmer. We are currently looking at how to make inter-departmental information sharing processes more robust. The new work announced last week will build on our earlier and current work.

As part of this examination, we will consult with foster carers and other blue card stakeholder groups who might be affected by our considerations and subsequent recommendations.

We know the vast majority of foster carers are caring committed people, who open their homes and hearts to our most vulnerable children when they cannot live at home. We need to make sure these children are more than safe and this process aims to do just that.

The QFCC will provide its report to Government by the end of July.

Useful links

If you have any questions or are seeking information in relation to:

  • the Tiahleigh Palmer case, please contact the Logan Central Criminal Investigation Branch (07) 3826 1870 or Crimestoppers 1800 333 000 or your local Police Station.
  • a child or young person in contact with the child safety services or if you suspect a child is experiencing harm please contact your local Child Safety Office – a list of Child Safety Service centres can be found here
  • Blue Card processes or wish to query a decision please contact Blue Card Services directly
  • Consultancies – if an open tender for consultants is undertaken as part of the project please monitor the Queensland Government Business and industry portal
  • Employment – the QFCC advertises available positions on Smart jobs

If you are from a media outlet please email mailto:media@qfcc.qld.gov.auwith details of your query.

If you believe a child is in immediate danger you should contact Queensland Police on 000.

If you have other questions or comments about the examination of foster care and blue card services you can email morethansafe@qfcc.qld.gov.au.

Read more

When a child is missing report

Premier's media release  - External expert panel appointed to improve foster care and Blue Card Services

 

Last modified: 
23 November 2017