Advocacy is a core function of the Queensland Family and Child Commission (QFCC). Advocacy provides us with an opportunity to address the key issues that matter in the lives of children, young people and their families and to create positive change across the sector. QFCC’s advocacy work helps us achieve our vision of embedding the rights of the child in our functions, our processes and our practices.
In early 2021, the QFCC developed an Advocacy Blueprint to give people an overview of what the whole organisation's advocacy position will be and how they will deliver systems advocacy. The Advocacy Blueprint is used as the basis for producing the QFCC Advocacy Agenda, Strategic and Operational Plan.
The QFCC is committed to reviewing the Advocacy Agenda each year to establish its position on current and emerging issues. It also identifies opportunities to continue its work of keeping the system accountable to the needs and rights of children, young people and families in Queensland.
The Advocacy Agenda is founded on the United Nations Convention on the Rights of the Child (UNCRC) and focuses on four principles: non-discrimination; devotion to the best interests of the child; the right to life, survival and development; and respect for the views of the child.
By bringing together evidence, the experiences of children and young people, and stakeholders, QFCC can form high-impact advocacy positions. It can also guide government and non-government agencies in how they can make sure that every child and family in Queensland have their rights upheld.