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Leadership committed to strengthening the sector

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On 16 June leaders from government and non-government organisations came together in an inaugural forum to start work on developing a leadership commitment statement for our child protection and family support sector.

A key initiative of the Strengthening the Sector strategy, the leadership statement demonstrates our real commitment to strengthening the capacity and capability of our sector.

The QFCC hosted the event, themed ‘setting the tone at the top’. Delegates included Directors-General, Deputy Directors-General, Executive Directors and Chief Executive Officers of non-government organisations.

QFCC Principal Commissioner Cheryl Vardon described the event as inspiring.

“The energy in the room was fantastic to see. I could see the collaboration that we are striving for come to life through everyone’s engagement and commitment.”

Some of the key themes include:

  • Courage – courage to make mistakes, be advocates, use professional judgement, share risk and to be innovative
  • Children – focus on the child, their family and community
  • Risk – share it and mitigate it
  • Thrive – safe is not good enough, children should be thriving
  • Listen – services and agencies must listen to children, young people, families and communities.

Working better together

Collaboration is a key focus of the Strengthening the Sector strategy and was a significant theme for the event.

One of Australia’s pre-eminent child protection experts, Emeritus Professor Dorothy Scott delivered the day’s inspiring key note speech focusing on the benefits to be made from an increased partnership across the sector.

Professor Scott urged the leaders to think of the children they advocate for as if they were their own and to work together to achieve more.

Her final message, an old African proverb, rings true - “If you want to go fast, go alone; If you want to go far, go together”. By working better together we can build our sector, and ultimately deliver more for children and families.

On 17 June, managers from the across the sector put collaboration into practice by coming together in a learning forum facilitated by Professor Scott. Read more about this event.